Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Review [In Depth]
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Bourbon Batch 14
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Details
Distillery: Nevada Distilling (sourced from MGP)
Type & Region: Bourbon, USA
Alcohol: 57.1%Composition: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley Aged: NAS
From the Smoke Wagon website:
“We took the same vintage blending philosophy that we used to create Small Batch, except this time the goal was to create high proof bourbon that tasted its best neat. Uncut is so rich and sweet with an unbelievably thick mouth feel, the heat and rye spice finish are a welcome addition. It’s like milk with cookies!”
smoke wagon uncut unfiltered overview
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered is a cask strength Indiana bourbon coming from Nevada Distilling, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. This isn’t the first distillery to sell cask strength MGP bourbon, as Belle Meade, Redemption, Backbone Bourbon, Traverse City, Old Carter, Smooth Ambler, and others have also been doing it for years. Still, I’m sure each company does things differently with different profiles and approaches in mind, but that conversation is for another time.
Thank you to Matt F. for the sample and image.
smoke wagon uncut unfiltered smell
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Bourbon has a really nice caramel fragrance with an herbal edge, darker licorice, vanilla, candied pineapple, baked apple, roasted oak, cinnamon, clove, strawberry, and hints of thyme. The higher-rye content adds interesting layers that are rarely found in lower 10-15% rye mashbills.
This smells very good for a lack of a better word, and there isn’t much heat to fight me either.
Swirling offers a similar blend of herbal and vegetal caramel mixed with licorice, caraway seed, and thyme, then vanilla, baked apple coated in cinnamon and clove, roasted oak, and just a little starfruit and dark berries. As obvious as this sounds, Uncut Unfiltered smells like a well-aged MGP bourbon.
smoke wagon uncut unfiltered taste & aftertaste
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered has a blast of caramel with a moderate earthy and herbal (thyme, licorice) twist, vanilla, dried orange peel, and baked apple, then roasted oak, cinnamon, and clove. That 36% high-rye bourbon mashbill brings out those earthier and more herbal notes, so be aware especially if you don’t like those. Even at 57% ABV the heat is pretty well controlled.
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Rating
MGP…oh sorry I mean Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered is a very good unfinished MGP bourbon, but I struggle a little to say more than that. It has a nice variety and depth of sweet, earthy, and vegetal scents and flavors that are representative of MGP bourbon, but it also doesn’t really bring anything new to the game because I already know MGP makes one hell of a bourbon. That’s probably why so many source from the, and likely will continue to for the foreseeable future.
That sentiment doesn’t affect the rating, it’s just my observation, given how many MGP bourbon’s I’ve reviewed a this point. With a number of other cask strength MGP bourbons out there, I’m very curious how Uncut Unfiltered compares to Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve and Backbone Bourbon Uncut (I have an 8 year old release), so I’ll be exploring that topic at another time.
On the whiskey alone, my main takeaway is that MGP continues to be one of my favorite distilleries out there and this was blended well-enough to showcase that, so it’s probably worth buying at the $80ish MSRP. Still, it also can’t hurt to try Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon or Knob Creek 12 Year Bourbon if you haven’t already.
If you’re on the move, this Glencairn-like stainless steel snifter glass should survive your travels and avoid shattered glass. Full transparency, this is an Amazon affiliate link, so I may earn a commission if you buy this or something else from Amazon.
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