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90 points

Penelope Barrel Strength Four Grain Straight Bourbon (Batch 4), 58.3%

The nose offers cherry, raspberry tart, dried orange slices, butterscotch, black pepper, and antique closet. The palate is powerful, with sweet syrup up front, bold flavors of herbs and spice, grain, dusty oak, and an earthy note of warehouse floor. More spice emerges with water, bringing semi-sweet chocolate, cooked raspberries, and leather. Creamy and well-balanced, with its spice tempered by deep chocolate, cooked cherries, and a musty yet interesting character.

Reviewed by: (Summer 2020)

86 points

Penelope Four Grain Straight Bourbon (Batch 2), 40%

Fresh, green, and earthy: bell pepper, jalapeño, unshucked corn, and lime leaf, as well as cacao nibs, cedar cigar box, and cinnamon. More peppers on the palate, this time dried and smoked, along with roasted pecans, chocolate, nuts, bitter oak, and a hint of tobacco. The finish is short and light; a little more proof would go a long way.

Reviewed by: (Summer 2020)

86 points

Penelope Rosé Cask-Finished (Batch 01), 47%

An unusual cask finish for bourbon; the rosé imparts floral and fruity notes on the nose with dried orange peel, fragrant oak, cotton candy, bubble gum, and Jolly Rancher. The palate is surprisingly zippy with citrus, cinnamon, and oak but loses full harmony among its disparate flavors. On the finish, there’s more cinnamon, along with chicory and oak. The overall journey is a bit uneven. (2,400 bottles)

Reviewed by: (Spring 2021)

85 points

Penelope Four Grain Straight Bourbon, 40%

Notes of red fruit, blueberry, dried cherries, Grape Nuts, lemon oil, and an herbal spiciness on the nose, balanced against an influence of drying oak. The palate is smooth and light, with cinnamon, milk chocolate, peanut shells, green pepper, and oak tannins. The finish is sweet and offers a tropical note of sweet orange and lemon. This whiskey is light, but the four-grain mashbill creates an intriguing non-traditional profile.

Reviewed by: (Fall 2019)