Stellum Spirits is a whiskey brand created by Kentucky-based Barrell Craft Spirits, which we’ve featured in our Bourbon and Whiskey Clubs. The blue label bourbon is one of their flagship offerings and is a blend of straight bourbons distilled and aged in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Stellum Spirits is devoted to bringing American whiskey into the modern age with simple, elegant blends and single barrels selected with care and intention. Though the brand is new, it’s already raked in a stack of awards from New York to San Francisco, so we’re excited to share the Stellum Bourbon Tara with you this month.
Stellum Bourbon finds its flavor in the tension of three Indiana Bourbon mash bills, two of which are high-rye, with the third being almost exclusively corn. Older barrels from both Kentucky and Tennessee are folded in slowly, through a multi-step blending process. This brings added layers of depth and complexity, ultimately allowing us to round out a uniquely Stellum flavor profile.
On the palate, you’ll be met with a hint of vanilla, marshmallow, and cotton candy. The whiskey quickly transforms as it spreads across your tongue, revealing spicy notes of black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon baked apples. The spice is supported by tart, underripe blackberry and apricot that contrasts perfectly against the initial sweetness. While it is a bold and complex cask strength whiskey, it is not overwhelmingly hot in any way, and it would pair well with a chocolate-y dessert.