Nose: Not typical of your average bourbon. There are heavy barley notes which is reminiscent of a single malt whiskey. Peat, corn, light vanilla, and caramel apples jump out of the glencarin glass. There is a final wave of agave which reminds me of drinking bad tequila during my college days. Being honest, i'm not a big fan of this nose.
Taste: The caramel on the nose breaks free and tastes just like a Werther's Original candy chew. Scotch like qualities continue to throw me off- is this really a bourbon or is someone pranking me right now? Peat, toffee, and a hint of oak form the back end of the palate. Still not impressed.
Finish: Medium finish. Peat, caramel, smoke, little burn.
Conclusion: Certainly not your typical bourbon. The unmalted barley really threw me off and had me checking the label to see if it was really a bourbon. While it was only aged for one year, the 30 gallon barrel did bring out more more oak. If you are a scotch fan at heart, this is for you. While this bourbon wasn't my cup of tea, the Mississippi River Distilling Company just opened in 2010, and I do look forward to tasting some of there other products in the future.
My Rating: D (Poor)