Barrell Craft Spirits®, the award-winning independent blender and bottler of unique aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum has introduced Stellum Spirits. It’s a new national brand “created to celebrate the modern-day whiskey drinker.”
Stellum Spirits inaugural offerings include a quartet of cask strength and single barrel bourbon and rye sourced whiskies. Stellum strives to improve the flavor, process and ideals of traditional American whiskeys. The blended versions are available now and the single barrels are expected to follow at a later date.
Barrell Craft Spirits says this new project looks to investigate the importance of nuance and micro differentiation in a paired down and minimalist setting. Stellum is designed to be clean, straightforward, and remarkably polished. This is whiskey factored down to its most defining essentials, blended and packaged with an eye towards clean lines and definition.
“We wanted to create a brand that brings American Whiskey into the modern age with simple elegant blends and single barrels selected with care and intention,” said Founder Joe Beatrice.
“Our whiskeys are created through a rigorous process of study, observation, and experimentation. We are driven by progress, polish and—above all—attention to detail. We will always think critically about how to make our whiskey better.”
Stellum Bourbon and Rye Blends
Beatrice is intimately involved with every step of the production process, using his exceptional palate to choose and create great spirits alongside Chief Whiskey Scientist Tripp Stimson, Chief Product Innovation Officer Will Schragis, and Assistant Blender Nic Christiansen.
Stellum Bourbon – A Blend of 3 Indiana Bourbons
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.
Stellum Rye – A Blend of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee Ryes
The identity of Stellum Rye is rooted in a tried and true 95% Rye Indiana mash bill. To enhance this classic style, we incorporate small amounts more barley-forward rye and choice barrels from both Kentucky and Tennessee. This brings a full, round mouthfeel and flashes of buttery sweetness to an otherwise spicy and tightly focused Rye Whiskey.
Stellum Bourbon blend is bottled at 114.98 proof (57.49% ABV) while Stellum Rye blend is bottled at 116.24 proof (58.12% ABV). Both expressions have an suggested retail price of $54.99 and are available at select retailers in 45 U.S. markets.
Stellum Single Barrels – The Most Fully Built Single Barrel Program
“This is potentially the most fully built out single barrel program that an independent whiskey producer has ever introduced,” said to Joe Beatrice. “We have many years knowledge of how to manage a single barrel program for Barrell Craft Spirits and we spent several years preparing for this launch. There are ample options for groups/retailers/bars to pick. We will also be doing featured picks from people around the country who are doing cool things as well as general release (not specific to a group) single barrels available for domestic retailers.”
Stellum Bourbon – A Single Barrel Bourbon
Bottled at barrel cask strength this Indiana bourbon is bottled at proof directly from the barrel.
Stellum Rye – A Single Barrel Rye
Bottled at barrel cask strength this Indiana rye is bottled at proof directly from the barrel.
The Stellum single barrel bourbon and rye whiskies are expected later.