Reviews #255-257: Finished MGP Trio

For part 25 of 30 in the finished whiskey series were taking a look at samples of 3 pretty different finished MGP whiskies. From an MGP light whiskey finished in Pinot Noir casks by Bull Run to a crazy one off Boone County pick to the legendary batch 1 of Belle Meade Honey!

For this sample set I did a blind tasting of all 3 and then sat down to write more detailed notes.

 

Reviews #255-257: Finished MGP Trio

Bull Run 12 year Pinot Noir Finish

Age: 12 years

Abv: Unfortunately not sure

Neat

Nose: Sweet but also harsh with artificial sweetener(Splenda?), ethanol and fainter dark fruit notes.

Taste: Sweet dark fruit and caramel, vanilla, warm spice, a touch of cinnamon. Great mouthfeel.

Finish: Long cloyingly sweet finish with red fruit, honey, and a bit of oak.

5 - a whiskey with notable strengths but also held back by some flaws

Boone County 10 Year Sauternes Finish Local Vine Pick

Age: 10 years

Abv: 90.8 proof

Neat

Nose: White wine notes with honey and grape followed by vanilla and hints of wood

Taste: Sweet with more honey, apple, caramel, rich oak and grape notes. Decent mouthfeel, especially for the proof.

Finish: Long finish with baking spices and sweet honey

8 - an excellent bottle I’d like to have at home

Belle Meade Honey Cask

Age: 8-11 years

Abv: 113.6 proof

Neat

Nose: Honey, rich oak, brown sugar, vanilla, more honey.

Taste: Rich and sweet with honey, oak, caramel, warm spices.

Finish: Medium length with warm spices, honey, oak and caramel.

9 - a favorite I always try to keep on my shelf

Conclusion

First off the Belle Meade Honey lived up to the hype! That was fantastic. If I could buy a bottle for an even semi reasonable price I would jump on it. The Boone County was also a surprise as I thought the low proof would really hold it back but it did not. The Boone County is a special release from back in 2017 and before this I didn’t realize Boone County had ever done a finished bourbon. The Bull Run was a definitely a let down and I’m not that surprised as MGP light whiskey tends not to be my thing.

 

TL;DR: Belle Meade Honey > Boone County Sauternes >> Bull Run Pinot

I’ve finally figured out how I am going to wrap this series up. We’ve got 3 more review style posts, a post on home finishing and then something I am excited for as the series wrap up.

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