Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon Review


Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon, Glencairn glass, mulch

Company on Label: Nevada H&C Distilling Co

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 60% Corn, 36% Rye, 4% Malted Barley

Proof: 100°

Age: NAS

Further identification: Purchased early 2021

 

Nose: Spicy caramel and cherry come forth first pass. Great sign: there's a bourbon in this glass. Shiny vanilla that is slightly perfume-like. Ooh, plums & baking spice are next. Definitely some welcome complexity from the higher rye content in this mash bill. This really settles into a very mellow citrus and caramel that is easy on the senses. A little bit of black pepper here. Slight clove. The wood influence is light, which I enjoy. This definitely noses like a roller-coaster, slow building in the mellow ramp sections and then a spice bomb down hill can surprise you at any moment. Late in the glass things stay in the mellow out phase which is relaxing; a similar relief to when the sun finally goes down on a hot day.


Palate: Immediate citrus and cherry punch that spreads out, leaving a nice caramel mouth coating. Spice on the second sip, reminiscent of some kind of lemon meringue dessert with a bit of bite to it. Something also a little like fresh sappy pine wood here too. Oh my the finish just had cinnamon hot candy written all over it. I could have definitely missed that; it was a very quick flash. Citrus notes could almost convert over to the dill/mint category here but I think the caramel creaminess is the glue that holds this glass together. The end result is a really enjoyable sipper of a pour.


 

Rating: 4/5






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