In the hierarchy of Smoke Wagon bottles, the Uncut and Unfiltered label is one step above the Small Batch. Uncut and Unfiltered is supposed to be a blend of 4, 6, and 10-year-old barrels, although I’ve heard rumors that as high as 12-year-old barrels can get blended into the batch.
Nose: The nose is thick and pungent with strong seasoned wood, apple dumplings with cinnamon and dark brown sugar with chopped dates on top. There is also a really fragrant, premium tobacco scent that almost makes me want to take up smoking now.
Palate: A big spoonful of strawberry and cherry preserves. To add to the fruit already on my tongue, I start to get some orange marmalade. But the palate isn’t all sweet fruits, there some ground peppercorns to spice it up and pipe tobacco to add richness. And even though there are 2 young bourbon barrels that went into this blend, I do taste a surprising amount of oak, but it’s not bitter.
Finish: There’s a perfect rye spice that’s not too spicy and not astringent. There’s also some toasted oak that I think is similar to Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye Whiskey. Cinnamon, clove, and allspice spice things up a bit while baked pears and apples give the finish a nice fruity sweetness. Finally, there’s the taste of cigar wrapper on your tongue. It’s a super complex and rich finish.