Excerpt: I was initially enchanted with Smoke Wagon and its outsized expressions of traditional bourbon notes; but the luster faded over time, ultimately leaving my impression of the bourbon as one which was merely acceptably approachable.
Excerpt: Honestly, not only is this complex, delicious and well blended, it performs incredibly well, and provides a rich, desserty profile that's unreal for a bourbon this age. Put down the EH Taylor Small batch and pick this up instead.
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Distilled by MGP and blended / bottled by Aaron Chepenik at Nevada Distilling Company, Smoke Wagon's bourbon has recently reached quite a bit of hobbyist acclaim. This is their small batch release, bottled at 46.25% ABV and sold in various markets in the USA.
Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, praline, brown sugar and a bit of spice. Lovely and complex, with just a hint of youth peeking out. Rich and complex on the nose.
Sweet on the palate. A bit of youth, but nothing much. Melon, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. On the savory, sweet side of bourbon, leaning heavy into brown sugar and brown butter.
Long finish. Rich honey, cinnamon, praline and nutmeg. Spicy, savory, sweet and rich on the dessert notes.
Honestly, not only is this complex, delicious and well blended, it performs incredibly well, and provides a rich, desserty profile that's unreal for a bourbon this age. Put down the EH Taylor Small batch and pick this up instead.
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