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Store Picks

Penelope Four Grain Private Select Bourbon “Semi” Store Pick

Published September 23, 2022

How can this be a half or a semi store pick? Well, sometimes Charles and I are presented with opportunities that we can’t pass up. We got a call that there was a small, limited release blend here in New York from Penelope. We asked if we could taste it and the next day, after a few sips, we took it in. So, I wouldn’t really call this a barrel pick but I’d like to think this release found us and we will for sure give it a good home.

  • A blend of 12 barrels
  • 4-9 years old
  • Batch 21
    • 45% Wheat Bourbon, 4YR (30% of Blend)
    • 99% Corn Bourbon, 5YR (18% of Blend)
    • 21% Rye Bourbon, 5YR (49% of Blend)
    • 49% Malted Barley Bourbon, 9YR (3% of Blend)
    • FINAL MASH BILL: 72% Corn / 11% Rye / 14% Wheat / 3% Malted Barley
  • 115 Proof

Holly’s Tasting Notes: Tons of creamy baking spices, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A kettle and caramel popcorn type sweetness but not a heavy sweet, a lighter sweet even with some juicy red grapes and plums in there. Some buttered toast with fig jam on top. The palate continues with a rush of spice. Cinnamon and oak spice but very bright. Roasted apples with a long finish of blackberry jam on slightly burnt toast.

This batch has won the following awards:

Double Gold at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Best of Class at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition for Small Batch Bourbon

Double Platinum at the 2022 Ascot Awards (Fred Minnick)