Picked By: Ed Bley at Cork ‘N Bottle
Barrel #: AA14C14-13
Bottle #: 117 of 168
Tasted: neat in a glencairn glass.
MB Roland Distillery is a completely “grain to glass” craft distillery located in Pembroke, Kentucky. The distillery was founded by Paul & Merry Beth (“MB”) Tomaszewski in 2009 as Kentucky’s first completely “grain to glass” craft distillery. Their bourbon uses local, food-grade white corn, and bottle the product at distillation and barrel proof in the style of a Pre-Prohibition bourbon.
Honestly, before Ed Bley released this bottle at Cork ‘N Bottle I had never heard of MB Roland. I also initially passed on purchasing a bottle. At this point, I have tasted enough craft distillery products that I really don’t have much interest in them, especially at their common price points. However, I heard some very encouraging thoughts on this particular bottle, so decided to make the purchase. Let’s give her a taste………
Nose: Incredible! It is like liquefied, super sweet toffee on the nose with some of that dusty funk you get from old bottles. It actually reminds me a lot of an Old Crow National Distillers dusty that is just amped up to 100. I also get fresh cedar, hay, banana peel, vanilla custard and buttered pancakes. The nose alone is worth the price of this bottle.
Palate: Boom! Toffee bomb like nothing I have tasted before. Roasted marshmallow, old musty oak, banana, corn, and hay with a slight dryness on the back palate. There are layers of complexity to this pour.
Finish: Medium. Guess what? More toffee with this fantastic old cigar box type of finish.
90 – 92 (A-) = Excellent, Want to own multiple bottles
This MB Roland single barrel selection from Cork ‘N Bottle is WILD. It is like some crazy blend between the Maker’s Mark 46 single barrel stave program and a National Distillers old dusty. I’m not sure how they did it, but this is one big toffee bomb with some nice complexities mixed in.
Side note: the label on the bottle states “Uncut & Unfiltered”. That statement is definitely true as there is a large amount of barrel char still in the bottle. That is a big plus in my book!
I see you MB Roland Distillery! I’ll be paying close attention to them going forward. Cheers!