In the hierarchy of Smoke Wagon bottles, the Uncut and Unfiltered label is one step above the Small Batch.
Uncut and Unfiltered is supposed to be a blend of 4, 6 and 10 year old barrels, although I’ve heard rumors that as high as 12 year old barrels can get blended into the batch.
These have no batch identifiers, so you’ll really just have only the proof to go on. This bottle was purchased from Crazy Naz before the whole barrel-stealing fiasco made the internet hate him.
It was $70, but these should retail for $60 if you have a big box store that sells them (like Total Wine or K&L). At the $60 price point, that puts it square in the sights of other blended and batched MGP bottlers like Belle Meade (Cask Strength Reserve) and Mic Drop (3.0, their 4 year old Cask Strength bottle).
So how does this bottle compete against the rest? I’m not doing a comparison yet between the other two yet, but I sat down to get my take of what this bottle is like. I sampled it neat and in a glencairn.
Nose: The nose is thick and pungent with strong seasoned wood, apple dumplings with cinnamon and dark brown sugar with chopped dates on top. There is also a really fragrant, premium tobacco scent that almost makes me want to take up smoking now.
Palate: A big spoonful of strawberry and cherry preserves. To add to the fruit already on my tongue, I start to get some orange marmalade.
But the palate isn’t all sweet fruits, there some ground peppercorns to spice it up and pipe tobacco to add richness. And even though there’s 2 young bourbon barrels that went into this blend, I do taste a surprising amount of oak, but it’s not bitter.
Finish: There’s a perfect rye spice that’s not too spicy and not astringent. There’s also some toasted oak that I think is similar to Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye Whiskey.
Cinnamon, clove and allspice spice things up a bit while baked pears and apples give the finish a nice fruity sweetness. Finally, there’s the taste of cigar wrapper on your tongue. It’s a super complex and rich finish.
This bottle of Smoke Wagon Uncut and Unfiltered just became my new favorite in the blended MGP bourbon realm. I am so impressed with the shear amount of flavors they got out of this.
All of my favorite notes are present from older MGP stocks, but the addition of the young stocks have really heightened the amount of fruit. It’s outrageous, but it works in this bottle. Count me impressed and on the lookout for another bottle!
1 | Disgusting | Drain pour (Example: Jeffers Creek)
2 | Poor | Forced myself to drink it
3 | Bad | Flawed (AD Laws 4 Grain BiB, Clyde Mays anything)
4 | Sub-par | Many things I’d rather have (Tincup 10 year)
5 | Good | Good, solid, ordinary (Larceny, Sazerac Rye)
6 | Very Good | Better than average (Buffalo Trace, OGD BiB)
7 | Great | Well above average (Old Ezra Barrel Proof, Old Weller Antique)
8 | Excellent | Exceptional (Michter’s Barrel Proof Rye, Four Roses Barrel Strength)
9 | Incredible | Extraordinary (GTS, 13 Year MGP or Canadian Rye)
10 | Insurpassable | Nothing Else Comes Close (William Larue Weller)
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