What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas is the saying. Thankfully some stuff that happens actually does make it out. This is one of those things as Smoke Wagon Whiskey has found its way out of Sin City. If we get something out of a place a debauchery of course we want the story to be uncut and unfiltered. So that is what the review will be today.
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NAME – Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch 9)
PROOF – 113.6
AGE – non-age stated
COLOR – dirty old boot (1.6 mahogany, henna notes on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)
NOSE – Burnt brown sugar, aged and charred oak, dark cherry, dark chocolate and a vanilla pudding.
TASTE – Cinnamon, wood spice, rye spice, and black pepper up front. As it lingers the dark brown sugar, aged leather and tobacco come out, but this is a spicy gal for sure.
FINISH – I would call this a long finish. The cinnamon, rye spice and aged oak and some leather make the trip until the end.
REVIEW – This is by far the spiciest pour I have ever had of Smoke Wagon U/U. Usually more caramel comes out. This is an older batch as they are in the 30s now which by the website account “Older vintages have more evaporation which means a higher concentration of fats and sugars per ounce which gives them a nice creamy mouthfeel as well as caramel and honey goodness.” For this older batch I would disagree. It drinks more like a Bookers and smells like a good vintage of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof.
FINAL COMMENTS – This is a sourced MGP product that blends different barrels together. Rumored to be 4 year, 6 year and 10 year barrels from MGP that were aged in MGP’s brick walled warehouses.
Smoke Wagon’s brand has really exploded onto the scene due to “whiskey geeks,” well geeking out over the brand as well as the charismatic Aaron Chepenik, Founder and Co-Owner of Nevada H&C Distilling Company who produces Smoke Wagon being ever present on social media. It also has helped that the product and packaging has hit the right spot within the bourbon enthusiasts and has increase the grassroots level of promotion and support.