Reviews #271-273: Spec's Smoke Wagon Private Barrels

When Smoke Wagon first started releasing younger Private Barrels I was a little concerned for the the quality after loving the 12 year picks. On the other hand I’d heard plenty of hype around the old 7 year SAOS bourbon so I was cautiously optimistic for these picks.


Smoke Wagon Private Barrels Spec’s 8 year picks

Barrel 505

Age: 8 years

Abv: 115.6 proof

Price: $80ish


Nose: Caramel, vanilla with subtler oak and rye spice notes underneath.

Taste: Butterscotch, warm spices, faint oak. Very nice viscous mouthfeel.

Finish: Medium to short finish with caramel and rye spice.

Barrel 507

Age: 8 years

Abv: 115.8 proof

Price: $80ish


Nose: Strong vanilla extract and fainter oak, ethanol and rye spice notes underneath.

Taste: Slightly medicinal with more vanilla extract and rye spice. Decent mouthfeel

Finish: Medium finish with warm spice, vanilla and caramel.

Barrel 515

Age: 8 years

Abv: 114.5 proof

Price: $80ish


Nose: Brown sugar, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Brown sugar, dark fruit, baking spice, rye spice and a touch of oak. Great mouthfeel.

Finish: Long warm finish with baking spice and oak balanced by a bit of caramel and fruit.


I enjoyed all of these and was glad I got them. The 8 year Smoke Wagon picks are holding up!


TL;DR: 515 was the clear winner for me.