Penelope Architect Straight Bourbon


Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished with French Oak Staves

Company: Penelope Bourbon

Distillery: MGP

Release Date: April 2022

Proof: 104

Age: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Dark Walnut

MSRP: $60 (2022)

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Wet stone | Moss | Toasted oak | Slightly herbal | Touch of citrus


French oak | Lightly charred french toast | White grapes | Light malt | Faint orange


French oak | Smoke | Charcoal | Touch dry | Lingering pecan pie aftertaste


French oak can be a polarizing taste to some, although there are far more polarizing finishing agents by comparison. Penelope cranks their French oak flavor to an 11 with the use of finishing staves, a process made popular by Maker’s Mark 46. That said, the whiskey doesn’t cross into over-oaked territory despite being incredibly potent. There’s no denying its French oak forwardness, and those who love French oak will have a lot to love here. The proof is nicely fine-tuned, as it could be easy to release this at a higher proof, and combined with its bold French oak flavor, completely overpower its drinker. The restraint shown with the proof allows the French oak much more breathing room, and while its four grain mashbill base struggles to stand out equally, it’s able to provide depth for those who care to look for it. Penelope Architect is a well done stave-finished whiskey that I can see many enjoying for its approachableness and as one of the best releases from Penelope Bourbon so far.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric Hasman

May 12, 2022
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