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Every Penelope Bourbon Reviewed

Last updated Feb 21, 2021 | Published on Dec 6, 2020

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by Matty Sims

Penelope Bourbon was started by childhood friends Mike and Kerry Paladini and Danny Polise. Outside of the bourbon tasting good, which is important, I love that there’s not some far spun tale about grand pappy’s lost bourbon recipe. Instead, Penelope was founded on friendship and love. It was named after Mike and Kerry’s daughter — Penelope. As a father of three girls, I love it. And Penelope’s bourbon has a feminine touch to its flavor profile which I quite enjoy.

Penelope Bourbon delivers the goods. I treat bourbon like I do books. If a book promises something at the beginning, I want to know does it fulfill its promise by the end. Never judge a book for not being something it never intended to be in the first place. Bourbon is the same. Penelope’s site says, “Whether you’re after a lighter, full-flavored bourbon to sip neat or something to use in your favorite cocktail, Penelope Bourbon is a great place to start.” Based on that, Penelope archives exactly what it intends.

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Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength Bourbon (Batch 5) Review

Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength Bourbon

Disclaimer: The whiskey reviewed was furnished for free courtesy of the spirit distiller. The distillery did not pay us for this review. This review is our honest and unbiased opinion based soley on how the spirit tasted.

Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength Bourbon
Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength BourbonDetails
In the Bottle116 Proof
ABV58%
Mashbill75% Corn, 15% Wheat, 7% Rye, & 3% Malted Barley
Age3 to 4YO
Distilled ByMGP Distillery
Lawrenceburg, IN
Bottled and Blended byCastle & Key Supervised by Mike and Danny
Char#4 Staves, #2 Heads
StyleBlend of 3 bourbon mash bills comprised of four grains (Corn, Wheat, Rye, and Malted Barley), Non-Chill Filtered, & Barrel Strength
Release DateBatch 5 (2020)
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$64.99
DistilleryPenelope Bourbon
ProsBalanced Nose with Sweet and Heat
ConsPalate Slightly Muted
AvailabilityReadily Available
RatingSilver 91 out of 100 points
InventoryKeep Stocked
AwardsDouble Gold Medal Winner - 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Awards
Buy OnlineMash & Grape

According to Penelope Bourbon,

Barrel Strength pushes the boundaries of our signature four grain balanced flavor profile. Batch 5 is blended from three bourbon mash bills aged 3 – 4 years in new American oak barrels and completely uncut and non chill-filtered. Each barrel was hand selected and blended into a single batch in order to create this unique offering.

Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength Bourbon is both light and refreshing. Something as I mentioned below I could easily see myself sipping neat in the summer or maybe a cube or two of ice. But it’s also full-flavored and balanced. So bravo to the distilling team at Penelope they’ve crafted something that’s delicious and kept their promise by the end of the sipping experience.

Awards

  • Double Gold Medal Winner – 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Awards
  • 93 Points – Wine Enthusiasts
  • 2020 Sip Awards Platinum
  • 92 points – The Tasting Panel Magazine

Penelope Barrel Strength Bourbon provides medium coverage coating my Glencairn whiskey glass with ribbons like a heavy curtain. The color is amber and gold.

Nose – 92 out of 100 Points

I’m enjoying this nose. It’s got creamy vanilla pudding, cherries, strawberry, and just a hint of cinnamon. This nose suggests this might be a barrel strength bourbon you could drink neat on a hot summer day. The nose balances the four grains and bourbons blended to achieve harmony.

Taste – 92 out of 100 Points

The front of the palate is all fruit sweetness then transitions to balanced oak and white pepper spice. I also get pops of subtle butterscotch and vanilla. There is also a toasted oat note that’s pleasant.

Finish – 92 out of 100 Points

The finish has the same flavor profile but the sweetness is less pronounced, and it lingers but it’s not overpowering. It’s a delicate (in some ways) but long finish.

Also, white pepper isn’t present. It’s more baking spice, brown sugar with just hints of the fruit from the nose and palate.

Complexity – 93 out of 100 Points

I love the complexity that comes from blending three mashbills and four grains. The barrel strength and non-chill filtered also add depth to the complexity.

Value – 94 out of 100 Points

Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength Bourbon is at the perfect price point for a barrel strength bourbon with this much flavor.

Verdict – Gold 92.6 out of 100 points

I’m not sure what my expectations were exactly but I was blown away by Penelope Barrel Strength Bourbon. I love the balance between sweet and spice and the finish was more than enjoyable. I’ve had it less than a week and have 1/3 of the bottle left. That should tell you all you need to know.

This is a barrel strength bourbon I will be keeping stocked in my bourbon lineup from here on out. Pro tip: you can buy Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength Bourbon at Seelbach’s.

Penelope Four Grain Bourbon Review

Penelope Four Grain Bourbon

Penelope Four Grain Bourbon
Penelope Four Grain BourbonDetails
In the Bottle 80 Proof
ABV40%
Mashbill75% Corn, 15% Wheat, 7% Rye, & 3% Malted Barley
Aged2 to 3YO
Distilled ByMGP Distillery
Lawrenceburg, IN
Bottled and Blended byCastle & Key Supervised by Mike and Danny
Char#4 Staves, #2 Heads
StyleBlend of 3 bourbon mash bills comprised of four grains (Corn, Wheat, Rye, and Malted Barley)
Non-Chill Filtered
Suggested MSRP$35
DistilleryPenelope Bourbon
ProsPhenomenal Aroma and Value
ConsMore Umph on Finish
AvailabilityReadily Available Online
RatingSilver 91.6 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now, Keep It Stocked
Awards10x Award Winning Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Buy OnlineSeelbach's

Awards

  • Double Gold Sip Awards 2020
  • Sip Awards Consumers’ Choice Award 2020
  • Best Buy Wine Enthusiast
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020 Silver
  • Double Gold Sip Awards 2019
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 Silver
  • New York International Spirits Competition 93 Points
  • Denver International Spirits Competition 93 Points

Nose – 93 out of 100 Points

The aromas are fruit forward — strawberries covered in sugar, fresh shortbread with whipped cream; apples sprinkled with sweet cinnamon. There’s a nice charred oak note that brings it all together. I love this nose. It hits my preferred flavor wheel.

Taste – 91 out of 100 Points

After nosing it, my Glencairn was covered with thick ribbons of bourbon. This delicate bourbon didn’t disappoint. The mouthfeel was solid. It’s crisp and refreshing. The fruit is less sweet and tart and more subtle. Less red fruit and more crisp pears sprinkled with sweet cinnamon drawing out the pear juice. Just a hint of oak and white pepper on the tip of the tongue.

Finish – 91 out of 100 Points

It’s a medium finish that’s all cinnamon.

Complexity – 90 out of 100 Points

Don’t mistake delicate and subtle for lack of complexity. Penelope offers layers of flavor that compliment each other.

Value – 93 out of 100 Points

If you love fruit notes in bourbon, at $30 you should stock Penelope.

Verdict – Silver 91.6 out of 100 Points

Penelope Bourbon Rosé Cask Finish Review

Penelope Bourbon Rosé Cask Finish

Penelope Rosé Cask Finish
Penelope Rosé Cask FinishDetails
In the Bottle 94 Proof
ABV47%
Mashbill75% Corn, 15% Wheat, 7% Rye, & 3% Malted Barley
Age2 to 3YO
Distilled ByMGP Distillery
Lawrenceburg, IN
Char#4 Staves, #2 Heads
StyleFrench Grenache Rosé Wine Casks from the Southern Rhône region
Four Grain
Non Chill-Filtered
Cask SourcedSpeyside Cooperage
Release DateFall 2020
Price$64.99
DistilleryPenelope Bourbon
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
AvailabilityLimited Release
RatingComing Soon
InventoryComing Soon
Buy OnlineSold Out

Full Review Coming Soon

Penelope Bourbon Private Select Review

Full Review Coming Soon

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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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