Penelope Bourbon Barrel Strength Batch 12


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Penelope Bourbon

Distillery: Sourced from MGP

Release Date: September 2022

Proof: 113.9

Age: 4 Years (Blend of 4-year-old wheated bourbon, 5-year-old rye bourbon, and 5 and 6-year-old corn bourbon per company)

Mashbill: 75.5% Corn, 14.5% Wheat, 7% Rye, 3% Malted Barley

Color: Bright Amber

MSRP: $65 (2022)

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Heat | Seasoned oak | Stone fruit | Vanilla | Spicy kick


Black pepper spice | Honey Nut Cheerios | Caramel | Rush of spice | Punchy


Stone fruit | Touch of leather | Rye spice | Very long


Don’t let the proof fool you, Penelope Bourbon Barrel Strength Batch 12 packs a punch at under 114 proof, that is sure to please those who enjoy a bold, spicy bourbon.

Now 12 batches deep into their flagship barrel proof bourbon, Penelope has proven their ability to produce a consistent, quality product that blends multiple mashbills from MGP. The resulting product is labeled four grain because it includes both rye and wheat in addition to corn and malted barley.

Falling in a similar proof range as previous batches, Batch 12 is surprisingly spicy across the board. The spice is complemented by sweet flavors, hints of fruit, and some savory notes. Despite the presence of the sweeter flavors, the spice still punches through as the highlight of the sip and it makes for an enjoyable combination. As a result, Batch 12 will certainly please anyone looking for a bold, spicy barrel proof bourbon.

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: Nick Beiter

November 10, 2022
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