The Schtick: This is a craft bourbon whiskey that is sourced from MGP/LDI in Indiana and bottled by Homestead in Iowa. I originally did not realize this because I took notes before doing research as a measure to avoid bias, and it explains my befuddlement at Homestead being flaming, but not being flaming garbage.
This is Day #15 in the Craft Whiskey Crackdown. Here is the terrain covered thus far:
- Day 1, Big House Bourbon
- Day 2, Kings County Bourbon
- Day 3, Johnny Drum Private Stock
- Day 4, John J. Bowman Single Barrel
- Day 5, Rye Royal 20yr
- Day 6, Big Bottom Bourbon
- Day 7, Copper Pony Rye, 6mo
- Day 8, Hayes Parker Bourbon, 6mo
- Day 9, Winchester Rye, 6mo
- Day 10, Winchester Straight Bourbon, 2yr
- Day 11, Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon
- Day 12, Willett Pot Still
- Day 13, Hooker’s House Sonoma Style High Rye Pinot Noir Finished Bourbon
- Day 14, Knox Whiskey Works 70/30 Single Barrel, MC”s Selection
Distiller: MGP/LDi (Indiana)
Bottler: Homestead (Iowa)
ABV: 56.65% ABV
Nose: Waffles, vanilla, cream, clove. Faintly fruity, nice caramel presence. A really deceptive nose, in a good way.
Taste: Medium, some heat. Rich caramel, cloves, pepper. No real signs of youth, which is immensely relieving. Tobacco, some bitterness, cocoa.
Finish: Medium, but hot. Cocoa, caramel, waffle cone, nutty, with some caramel.
Overall: This is really impressive compared to a variety of other craft bottlings but it’s a bit hot. Like really hot. No signs of gross youth though, and I love the combination of cocoa and sweetness on the palate, so this is scoring well in my book, all things considered. This is, of course, all explained by the origins at everyone’s favorite producer, MGP in Indiana, but the barrels seem sourced well enough with the major downfall here being the lack of age to mellow out that searing proof.
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