Bite and Booze by Jay D. Ducote

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Penny Packer Bourbon: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

Penny Packer Bourbon
Penny Packer Bourbon
Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar returns to a review this week with the Penny Packer Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($6 a pour at Lock & Key). The nose is light and sweet with some grassy notes and a faint hint of oak. On the tongue the grass remains, possibly turning into a wet hay flavor with bland grains. That may not sound all that appealing, but in reality this is a very drinkable bourbon and is an affordable whiskey to serve as a solid backup to any nicer whiskey you may normally keep on your shelf. The flavors are fairly muted and crazy light, but the bourbon finishes quickly with a warming quality. It is simple but tasty... nothing that wow the taste buds but nothing that will upset them either. In all reality this bourbon is a great value. It may not be your go-to sipping whiskey, but if you are mixing it in cocktail it will do just fine.

Penny Packer Bourbon
Average Score: 63.0

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. Lock & Key has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys available for on premise consumption. This WW feature was scored by Jay Ducote from Bite and Booze, Arthur Lauck from Lock & Key, Jeremy Spikes from Old Maul, and Natalie Parbhoo from International Wine and Spirits. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.

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