Distiller: Nevada H&C Distilling Co
Whiskey: Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered – Batch 69
Region: Las Vegas, NV
Age: ~8 Years
The Barrel Cellar Score: 91 Points
Review Date: 11/23/2021
About the Bourbon: Nevada H&C Distilling Company’s “Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered” is a blend of barrel strength bourbons ranging in age between 4 and 8 years. The batch I’m reviewing today is batch 69 (nice). It was bottled May 27th, 2021. The mash bill contains Corn, Rye, and Barley and was sourced from Indiana’s MGP distilling. I would expect that fully Nevada produced Bourbon is just around the corner.
I enjoyed the whiskey for this review using a set of Prestige diamond whiskey glasses.
Nose: Cherry cola, peppermint, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies (without the chocolate), apple dipped in honey, cinnamon, and clove.
Palate: Caramel, spearmint, cinnamon, and earth. Drop a couple of cubes in, and notes of pineapple, honey, and orange zest emerge.
Finish: Oak/tannin, cedar, pipe tobacco and black pepper.
Assessment: Smoke wagon is a full-bodied stunner, there are hints of sweet notes and a truckload of herbal and peppery spice aspects as well. I prefer this with a bit of ice which brings notes of pineapple, apple dipped in freshly harvested honey, and some orange zest – which intermingles with notes of caramelized brown sugar to inspire images of a fantastic holiday glazed ham. From a character perspective, this bourbon is bold; the flavors are strong, the heat a bit in your face, and the spice lingers on the finish. The bold aspects of the dram do feel like a bit of a trade off, it lacks smoothness, and leaves it feeling the slightest bit disjointed. It is a very good bourbon, just a little rough around the edges.
The Barrel Cellar gives Smoke Wagon, UCUF 91 points.
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