For over 250 years Berentzen has been making distilled spirits and specifically apple and other fruit liqueurs. Bushel and Barrel is the marriage of their long experience making apple liqueur with the years of tradition and flavor of Kentucky Bourbon. The result is a apple bourbon liqueur clocking in at 30% ABV.
The color is a light honey/amber. The nose is where it really starts to come alive, though. The aroma is primarily crisp apple with the subtle notes of bourbon – caramel, vanilla and spice – rounding out the profile. The flavor follows what the aroma started and with less sweetness than I expected. This liqueur is truly not cloying like so many are. The whiskey adds back notes but the apple is really the star here. I have to add that the apple flavor in Bushel and Barrel is more natural than I’ve found with other apple liqueurs. I think it would make a really interesting, slightly more “grown up”, Apple Martini. For me, Bushel and Barrel is best when mixed 1:1 with a nice high-rye bourbon or straight rye. Something with some spice to play off the sweet apple flavors. I’ve been adding a dash of bitters and making a Bushel and Barrel Old Fashioned that is very tasty and perfect for the fall.
Berentzen Bushel and Barrel Old Fashioned
1 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey 1 oz Berentzen Bushel and Barrel 1-2 Dashes Old Fashioned Bitters
1) Combine over ice 2) Garnish with a fresh or dried apple slice 3) Drink 4) Repeat
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