Penelope Bourbon Barrel Strength Batch 5 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region New Jersey
  • Distillery MGP Indiana
  • Age 3-4 Year Old
  • Style Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 58.3%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • orange zest
  • vanilla
  • smoky
  • dark fruit
  • caramel
  • oak
  • marmalade
  • corn
  • sweet

Penelope Bourbon

Barrel Strength Batch 5 Straight Bourbon Whiskey (0.7l, 58.3%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

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A rich Bourbon blend delivered at cask strength with a sweet flavor profile rich in caramels and orange zest.

Mike Paladini and his wife Kerry had long agreed that if they had a daughter she would be named Penelope. In 2018 they had that daughter, named her as intended, and founded Penelope Bourbon at the same time with Mike’s childhood friend Danny Polise. As many start-up Spirits companies do, they have launched with a little outside help. In this case distilling and aging in Indiana at MGP and expert blending and bottling assistance from Castle Rock in Kentucky — whom they proudly call part of their team. And the team is working, with two successful releases under their belt and a fistful of awards already in hand.

With each batch, Penelope Bourbon Barrel Strength seems to get better and better. Batch #5 was just released and we are pretty darned excited to tell you about it. First, let’s review the specs.

It’s a blend of three Bourbon Spirits — two with rye in the mash and one with wheat-based. Two of them are aged three years, one is aged four in barrels. All of the casks had a #4 char on the staves and a #2 char on the heads. This is an older version of their core Bourbon set up that forms the foundation of their lineup. Another difference is that it’s bottled uncut at 58.3% ABV. We love the stuff, and we’re not alone. This year it took a Double Gold in San Francisco, a Platinum at the SIP Awards, and a bunch of top recommendations from major magazines.

  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region New Jersey
  • Distillery MGP Indiana
  • Age 3-4 Year Old
  • Style Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 58.3%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Rich Mahogany

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is deep and rich with sweet notes of orange zest, granola clusters, and vanilla.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
There is an interesting savory smokiness on the palate that forms a foundation for a flavor profile of dark fruits, caramel, more toasted granola, warm oak, and marmalade.

Finish
The finish is long and sweet with a feeling of caramel-corn.

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  • orange zest
  • vanilla
  • smoky
  • dark fruit
  • caramel
  • oak
  • marmalade
  • corn
  • sweet
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
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