It is no secret that distilleries all around the world have shut down to visitors during the Coronavirus pandemic. With increased safety in mind, distilleries are taking every precaution to help flatten the curve. This being said, the single barrel selection process has also come to a halt. It is not out of the ordinary for distilleries to send a few barrel sample options for us to taste. After we have reviewed the samples, we then pick which barrel we think would be best for our customers.
Sending samples may be easy when you are only sending it to a few accounts. Now that everyone would need this type of service, keeping track of what barrel samples were sent to what accounts and which barrel they picked would be a logistical nightmare. For the time being, distilleries will now be selecting the single barrels for each account.
We have just received our first distillery selected barrel from New Riff. Yes, it is unfortunate that we were not able to experience the immense satisfaction of touring their facilities and sampling right out of the barrel but leaving the selection process to the professionals has its advantages. We’d like to think that if we were given the samples, this is the barrel we would have picked.
Barrel # -16-8256