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Every Mic.Drop. Bourbon Reviewed (Guide)

Sep 29, 2019

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by Matty Sims

Mic.Drop. Bourbon is a sourced straight bourbon whiskey from PM Spirits. The founder Nicolas Palazzi has a history with spirits as his family made wine and cognac in the legendary Bordeaux region in France.

Nicolas says,

“I loved it, but it was just seen as a normal part of country life. My parents encouraged me to go to engineering school, and I was good at it, so I listened. It took me a full six years after graduating to realize just how much I hated it.”

He ended up quitting his job and earned his reputation through Cognac in NYC. He quickly garnered a reputation for “taste and integrity.” Enter Mic Drop whiskey as his portfolio of spirits grew from Cognac to Brandy and Mezcal and now straight bourbon whiskey.

I love the transparency:

“This is why we decided to keep the label as real and transparent as possible. All the facts (who, what, where, how old) are printed right on the front of the bottle. No BS, no fake spin. It’s our way of saying we know our shit is tight (*drops mic, walks away).”

All their releases to this point have come from MGP or Wilderness Trail and reflect that on their labeling:

“PM should associate itself only with booze we stand behind, things we feel tastes really good, things we can explain the reasoning behind us having picked this juice. Things about which we can give the full story.”

This is also reflected in how easy it was to find information on the owner, company, and all of their brands. There was a lot of fluff to cut through to find the truth.

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Mic.Drop. 8-Years-Old Review

Mic.Drop.1 Bourbon

Mic.Drop. 8-Years-Old Bourbon
Mic.Drop. 8-Years-Old BourbonDetails
In the Bottle112 Proof
ABV56%
MashbillHigh Rye Mashbill
75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt
Distilled and AgedMGP, Lawrenceburg, IN in May, 2009
BottledStrong Spirits, Bardstown, KY in July, 2017
Age8-years-old
StyleCask Strength
No chill-filtration
20 casks yielding 1,600 bottles
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$60
ProsBright Red Fruit
ConsMore Punchy Palate
AvailabilityLimited Distribution
RatingGold 93 out of 100 Points
InventoryKeep Stocked

It’s dark for an eight-year-old bourbon. It’s got great viscosity with long legs.

Nose – 93 out of 100 Points

The nose luxurious and rich dark fruit, deep caramel, and cinnamon. It reminds me of caramel cookies with crispy caramel burnt edges and a dark red fruit jam.

Taste – 92 out of 100 Points

The front of the palate is creamy strawberry oatmeal. The mid-palate is baking spice and charred oak.

Finish – 94 out of 100 Points

It’s a long finish with just the right amount of sweet, heat, and baking spice. It’s got the tingling Szechuan peppercorn spice and sticky American Asian plum sauce sweetness. There’s a nice oak undercurrent as well.

Verdict – Gold 93 out of 100 Points

It’s crazy how developed this is for an eight-year-old bourbon. It demonstrates an expert palate when choosing barrels which making the flavor profile of batch 3 even more confusing.

Mic.Drop.2 Single Barrel 13-Years-Old Review

Mic.Drop.2 Bourbon

Mic.Drop.2 Single Barrel 13-Years-Old
Mic.Drop.2Details
In the Bottle111 Proof
ABV55.5%
MashbillHigh Rye Mashbill
75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt
Distilled and AgedMGP, Lawrenceburg, IN in May, 2005
BottledStrong Spirits, Bardstown, KY in July, 2018
Age13-years-old
StyleCask Strength
No chill-filtration
1 cask yielding 140 bottles
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$60
AvailabilityLimited Distribution

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Mic.Drop.3 (L19-01) Bourbon Review

Mic.Drop.3 Bourbon

Mic.Drop.3 4-Years-Old (L19-01)
Mic.Drop.3Details
In the Bottle112.2 Proof
ABV56.1%
MashbillHigh Rye Mashbill
60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley malt
Distilled and AgedMGP, Lawrenceburg, IN in May, 2015
BottledStrong Spirits, Bardstown, KY in May, 2019
Age4-years-old
StyleCask Strength
No chill-filtration
Last 37 casks from Batch 15E23-E05 yielding 2,700 bottles.
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$60
ConsUnpleasant Bitterness
AvailabilityLimited Distribution
RatingBronze 78 out of 100 Points
InventoryHard Pass

This is the third release of Mic.Drop. It’s $60 which is a great price for a craft whiskey (many of which often come in over $100).

The mash bill is 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% malted barley, so nothing crazy there. It’s hand-picked from MGP in Indiana and bottled in Bardstown.

According to PM Spirits, the 36% was a departure from the previous release and was chosen because the bourbon was younger in this release.

I love a good bottle design, so it’s worth mentioning that the labeling and bottling is gorgeous. For me, that shows they care what’s inside the bottle. The label sports a hand-drawn American hero from an immigrant’s point of view.

Plus I really dig the glass stopper. Elegant for a bourbon whiskey bottle. Light-colored. Mic Drop 3 Bourbon has that fresh-pressed apple cider look. Oily.

Nose – 78 out of 100 Points

Bitter orange peel. Creamsicle. And what I can only call a bad funk. Totally threw me for a loop but it kinda grows on you.

Taste – 78 out of 100 Points

Szechuan peppercorn in front. Blooms into bitter citrus peel and potpourri. Baking spice through the back of the throat.

Finish – 78 out of 100 Points

Medium with spice and potpourri

Verdict – Bronze 78 out of 100 Points

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For $60, the value is great for a handpicked MGP bourbon. I’m wondering if Mic Drop 3 Bourbon might not have faired better with more time in a barrel. But sadly I don’t love this. I don’t mind bitter citrus on the palate. That can actually be a pleasant bit of complexity when balanced with other flavors. That’s the rub. For my palate, this bourbon whiskey lacked balance to effectively highlight the citrus peel flavor profile.

Mic.Drop.4 (L20-01) Review

Mic.Drop.4 Bourbon

Mic.Drop.4 4-Years-Old (L20-01)
Mic.Drop.4Details
In the Bottle108 Proof
ABV54%
MashbillSweet Mash
56% rye, 33% corn, 11% barley malt
Distilled and AgedWilderness Trail Distillery, Danville, KY in Dec, 2015
BottledWilderness Trail Distillery, Danville, KY in September, 2020
Age4-years-old
StyleNo chill-filtration
5 casks of rye from ricks N18H1, N18H8, N18H11, N18I7, and N18I9 yielding 1,500 bottles
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$60
AvailabilityLimited Distribution

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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