Distilled at MGP and bottled by the Penelope Bourbon gang in New Jersey, this release is the first for the brand in taking a foray outside strictly bourbon. Distilled as Light Whiskey, which adheres to a slightly different set of rules apart from bourbon, this carries a hefty age statement, with a proof to match, yet a very reasonable sticker price: about $99.
Sweet buttered popcorn, toffee, honey and a fresh hit of butterscotch, creme brulee and burnt sugar. The implication is a sweet pour, and there's a touch of tannin here as well.
Bold and rich on the palate, a bit one-noted but that's American Light Whiskey's trademark profile. Pancake syrup, maple candies, light butterscotch. Oak is present but takes the backseat. Proof is apparent but not punishing.
Long finish. This seems to be where this type of distillate shines most. Long, decadent and butter finish that's both complex and viscous, without a savage ethanol burn. Sweet cream and honey, a touch more oak here with a light floral finish that's just delicious.
Penelope's take on the current rage of Light Whiskey is a good one, releasing a bottling that punches well at the price point, brings tons of flavor and a supple drinking experience despite a hefty proof. Make a gold rush cocktail with this one as well - you won't be disappointed.