Smokewagon Bourbon is a brand that has exploded in popularity for a number of reasons, but one of the most obvious being the quality of the product. Aaron Chepenik has owned and operated a number of successful bars in the Las Vegas area, and over the years he honed his palate toward fine whiskeys. Ultimately deciding to launch his own brand, and sourcing product from MGP, Aaron began creating blends that (little would he know at the time) would drive bourbon fans wild.
So what makes this product earn the title Rare & Limited? It’s rare simply due to the fact that it is eight year MGP bourbon; and limited due to the fact that the entire batch was from a mere eleven barrels. Eleven. Yep, that’s limited af!
Without pre-release pomp and circumstance to prime the market for this product it sort of snuck it’s way into the market without fanfare and was sold out before the wider bourbon universe had any idea where it was or how to find it. We were lucky enough to get our hands on it for review purposes, and if you checked out the video above (it’s long feel free to skip around) you heard our initial thoughts on it.
Speaking to the lack of pretense on this release, when Aaron was discussing Rare & Limited on Weekly Whiskey he had this to say:
It would be kind of cool if when it’s out we have some people trying it and so they can talk about it, and let everybody know if it’s any good.
Aaron Chepenik, Smokewagon Bourbon
So to recap: we’ve got a batch created from eleven barrels of eight year old MGP bourbon that was aged on the fifth floor of the warehouse. It’s coming in at 118.9 proof without chill filtration. Let’s dig in!