Review #1617 – Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength Bourbon

The Schtick: This is the barrel proof release from Penelope, geared towards more discerning drinkers. Also a blend of 3 mashbills from MGP, this is released at barrel proof. Let’s get to it.

Disclosure: Penelope Bourbon asked me to review this and sent some along. You can read my ethics statement here.

Review #1617 | Bourbon Review #687

Distiller: MGP

Bottler: Penelope

Brand: Penelope

Selection: N/A

ABV: 58.3% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Sweet and cream filled – honey, vanilla bean, almost a nice lemon note. Orange peel, pepper, light tobacco. The MGP notes are there, and they’re always pleasant.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. Some heat, but nothing too wild The first thing I notice is lots of vanilla, some praline and roasted walnuts. Some fruits, like apple and pear join some orange peel, some pepper and clove. A bit of oak which ties things up nicely. I can tell on the back palate that this is on the younger side of things, theres a bit more heat here and a hint of malt, but it’s very competent so far.

Finish: Long and sweet here. The finish may be my favorite part – lots more tobacco here which is odd to find in younger bourbons. Tobacco, biscuits, toffee, pepper and honey all make an appearance.

Overall: Overall, this is pretty nice. There’s no ignoring the youth, but this is competently sourced, and this blend lends some much needed uniqueness to a sea of MGP products available to customers. I like this. It’s not life changing but it’s good, and I am curious to see what other releases we may see from Penelope since they are just getting off their feet.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

10 Most Recent MGP Expressions I Have Reviewed:



0 | Unscored | New Make Spirit or Personal Selection.

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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