Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pennypacker Bourbon


Earlier this year, I posted a review of a Heaven Hill bourbon bottled in Scotland and then imported back into the US.  Here's another example of that phenomenon, but from Germany.  Borco is a German company that bottles a Heaven Hill bourbon under the label Pennypacker Bourbon.  In the past, this has only been for sale in Europe, but now they are exporting it to the US.  The folks at their importer sent me a bottle for review.

The label has lots of Americana on it, and the press materials talk a lot about Abraham Lincoln, but while there's a picture of a bearded gentleman on the bottle, it's definitely not Honest Abe.  Oh well, maybe the Europeans don't notice these details.  Let's see how it tastes.


Pennypacker Bourbon, 3 years old, 40% abv ($22)

The nose has a distinct anise note, like an LDI rye, then turns to mint.  The palate is very minty and mild but then fairly dull and watery.  By the finish, there's not much left other than a vaguely minty taste.

This has very little flavor or character.  It's watery with just a touch of mint.  Tasting it blind, I might even guess that it was a blended whiskey.  Let's just say I wouldn't recommend it.




10 comments:

WTK said...

The ever more (in)credible Jim Murray gives it 87 points, describing it as "seriously well made bourbon". Ha!

sam k said...

I have yet to find a "seriously well-made" three year-old bourbon.

Jim must be more discerning than some of us...

Anonymous said...

Ah, our friend Mr. Murray's shenanigans continue apace!!

Anonymous said...

Richnimrod said;
Let me understand this...
This is Heaven Hill Bourbon? Shipped in bulk to Germany to be bottled? Is it aged in KY or Germany..or elsewhere?
How can this be economical to send back to the US? Especially for an apparently unimpressive dram...

sku said...

Yes, it is Heaven Hill. From what I understand, it is aged in the US and then sent to Germany for bottling. I have no idea who it can be economical for them to send it back, though maybe they are doing it at a scale that makes it worthwhile (I believe they are a fairly large brand in Europe).

Mat Garretson said...

Seems to be an expanding trend. Stetson is HH juice bought by a German company and now available in the U.S.

sku said...

Interesting Mat, I didn't know that about Stetson.

kallaskander said...

Hi there,

it is true the Stetson was created for the German market and Pennypacker has been in the shelfs of supermarkets for ages here.

But I don't think that the bulk whiskey for both brands is shipped to Germany bottled and then sent back. German bottling lines probably can fill 750 ml bottles but I do not believe that is the way it is done.

Greetings
kallaskander

vit said...

Sounds interesting, but I only drink Swiss bottled Bourbons.

Anonymous said...

It says "Bottled in Germany" on the back label.