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Barrell is preparing to release a 20-year-old BCS Gold Label Seagrass that may or may not be hazmat-strength

Barrell BCS Gold Label Seagrass


Rye, finished in Martinique Rhum, Madeira, and Apricot Brandy Barrels
20 years

Seagrass season is carrying on. Hot on the heels of the BCS Gray Label Seagrass release and a handful of prestigious awards for the standard Seagrass expression, Barrell is adding a new member to the family.

The company appears to be preparing an even older, even higher-proof edition. BCS Gold Label Seagrass is going to be a 20-year-old blend of Canadian rye whiskey, and it's expected to be bottled at an eye-watering 144.14 proof (note that while strength can be a placeholder on TTB approvals, Barrell's pre-release proof numbers tend to be accurate).

Now, the Seagrass family will look like this:

  • Source
    Barrell Seagrass: Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Canada
    BCS Gray Label Seagrass: Canada only
    BCS Gold Label Seagrass: Canada only
  • Age
    Barrell Seagrass: not stated
    BCS Gray Label Seagrass: 16 years old
    BCS Gold Label Seagrass: 20 years old
  • Proof:
    Barrell Seagrass: 118.4 proof
    BCS Gray Label Seagrass: 130.82 proof
    BCS Gold Label Seagrass: 144.14 proof

Barrell recently introduced the gold label releases as their rarest (and most expensive) bottlings. This will be the second member of the gold label family, and will likely maintain the same ultra-premium $500 price point. Expect an official announcement in the coming weeks.

* Note: This article uses information from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Whiskey labels are approved by the TTB weeks or months ahead of their release and public announcement, so details about pricing and availability aren't available yet. Furthermore, any proof statements on the label may be placeholders and might change before the official release announcement. However, everything else on the label will appear as it does here, so this gives us a great early look at an upcoming release.

Barrell BCS Gold Label Seagrass front label
Front label
Barrell BCS Gold Label Seagrass back label
Back label
Barrell BCS Gold Label Seagrass seal strip
Strip label
Via TTB,