Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: MB Roland Distillery
Distillery: MB Roland Distillery
Release Date: Ongoing
Age: 2 Years
Mashbill: 78% White Corn, 17% Rye, 5% Malt
Color: Dark Amber
MSRP: $50 (2021)
Caramel | Charred oak | Butterscotch | Vanilla | Toasted marshmallow | Rich & inviting
Creamy caramel | Vanilla | Charred oak | Leather | Rye spice | Slightly youthful
Vanilla | Creamy caramel | Rye spice | Mouth enveloping heat | Ends on a lingering note of dry oak & heat
When most people think of Kentucky bourbon, they think of the major distilleries located on or near the Bourbon Trail. Started in 2009, MB Roland Distillery, which is located in Pembroke, Kentucky is hours away from the Bourbon Trail and is less than 10 miles away from the Tennessee border. The company bottles all of their whiskeys over 100 proof, which includes their standard bourbon offering which is bottled between 105-115 proof.
The bourbon opens up with a really great nose. Rich and inviting, its classic bourbon scents pull you in and make you linger on them before taking a sip. While the palate is very good, it struggles to keep up with the bar set by the nose. The sip ends on a lingering note of dry oak and heat that quickly overcomes any prior notes that preceded it. I found the bourbon to be good, yet I would have liked more from the palate and especially the finish. This bottle has me excited to explore more from the brand and also wondering what they’re capable of if they aged their bourbon longer than two years.
The bottle being reviewed is from batch #76 and is number 926 of 1290.