PennyPacker Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Reviewed on Sun 24 Jan, 2016

Considering the price this stuff is a no-brainer, particularly if you're looking for a good bourbon for cocktail making you could do a lot worse than PennyPacker!

So first up - I bought two bottles of this bourbon from Amazon specifically because it was cheap. Under £10 a bottle cheap. I simply wanted a half decent, cheap bourbon for some cooking experiments and infusions and at that price it was a no-brainer.

When it arrived from Germany though (unbeknownst to me when I bought it) I got interested. Turns out this is distilled in Kentucky but bottled in Germany using the most gun-ho, American yeehah, wild western packaging I have seen in awhile. The whole label and bottle style just screams "American Western".

On the nose: Smells like a half decent bourbon - lots of rye spice, apple cider vinegar, a bit of maple syrup.

The taste: It's a bit harsh, at only around 3 years old that's probably to be expected. There's definitely vanilla at the back, peppery rye follows through. There's a fair bit of burn but it's not unpleasant.

The finish: Moderate finish, fades out with a little toffee apple sweetness. Quite pleasant all in all.

Personally... It's well made - maybe a bit young and rough around the edges but a tasty little prospect nonetheless. Considering the price this stuff is a no-brainer, particularly if you're looking for a good bourbon for cocktail making you could do a lot worse than PennyPacker!


Nose:  83/100 
Taste:  84/100 
Finish:  82/100 
Personal Rating: 85/100 
Value for Money:  88/100 
Overall Rating:  84.4/100 

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