Cody Road Bourbon review
Whenever I travel I make it a point to shop, eat and drink local. Well, that’s no different when I am home, skip the chains and support your hometown business. That said Mississippi River Distilling is at the top of my list for favorite bourbons. Truth be told their gin is my all time favorite that I highly recommend but we’ll save that for another time and stick with whiskies for a bit. The distillery, and its location in LeClaire Iowa, have an interesting history and story. Cody Road, named after the road the distillery is on (which is named after Buffalo Bill Cody). If you’re traveling East on Interstate 80 I recommend a quick stop just before crossing into Illinois. LeClaire is a quaint town with a lot to offer.
Cody Road bourbon is made form a mash of 70% corn from LeClaire, 20% wheat and 10% unmalted barley from Reynolds, IL. In fact everything they put in a bottle is locally grown. Aged for two years in newly charred 30 gallon oak barrels (not quite locally made but floated down the Mississippi) and hand bottled. A detail you only get with a small craft distillery are the batch and bottle number hand written on the label which you can look up on the MRDC website and read the batch notes.
Cody Road Bourbon is a flavor and aroma experience unlike any other. Sweetness of corn, light fruit from wheat and a grassy, nutty finish from the unmalted barley. Vanilla and caramel from the oak dance around the sweet grain. Bottled at 90 proof, this bourbon has enough kick to know it’s bourbon, but a beautifully smooth finish. It is a grain forward whiskey and remarkably unique.
Best enjoyed neat.