Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Bourbon Whiskey, is a cask strength Indiana bourbon coming from Nevada Distilling, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. This isn’t the first distillery to sell cask strength MGP bourbon, as Belle Meade, Redemption, Backbone Bourbon, Traverse City, Old Carter, Smooth Ambler, and others have also been doing it for years. Still, I’m sure each company does things differently with different profiles and approaches in mind, but that conversation is for another time.
Being a little too attentive to whiskey news, I know that there are stratospheric levels of hype around some Smoke Wagon bourbons and I have no good idea why, but here we are. Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered bourbon, released in multiple batches per year at slightly different ABVs, is part of that aura.
This one happens to be batch 14, bottled August 11, 2020. Let’s shine a light on this bourbon in this Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered bourbon review.
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered has a blast of caramel with a moderate earthy and herbal (thyme, licorice) twist, vanilla, dried orange peel, and baked apple, then roasted oak, cinnamon, and clove. That 36% high-rye bourbon mashbill brings out those earthier and more herbal notes, so be aware especially if you don’t like those. Even at 57% ABV the heat is pretty well controlled.
That sentiment doesn’t affect the rating, it’s just my observation, given how many MGP bourbon’s I’ve reviewed a this point. With a number of other cask strength MGP bourbons out there, I’m very curious how Uncut Unfiltered compares to Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve and Backbone Bourbon Uncut (I have an 8 year old release), so I’ll be exploring that topic at another time.
That said, if you like cask strength bourbon and/or like MGP, this is definitely one to add to the wish list. From this bourbon alone though, I don’t get the Smoke Wagon hype, but Desert Jewel and the single barrels may be primarily fueling that wildfire.