MB Roland Kentucky Black Dog
MB Roland // Kentucky, USA
Founded in 2009 by Paul & Merry Beth (“MB”) Tomaszewski, MB Roland uses locally sourced grain to produce their spirits in Pembroke, Christian county, Kentucky. As a nod to the distillery's location in the state's "Black Patch" region, dark firing is the process by which the local tobacco is smoked and dried and the white corn used in the mash was home-smoked with dark fired tobacco. Rye and malted barley was also used in this unaged spirit.
WhiteDistilled from a cereal mash bill comprised of any grain(s). Generally unaged except in the US, where it must age at least briefly in oak for an unspecified amount of time. Sometimes sold as "moonshine" although that is a misnomer.
"Yep. Smells like smoke and alcohol. The smoke is the rubbery variety, almost like an Islay peat, with some sweetness to it. On the palate, it's basically like someone doused an old wallet with iodine and set it in flames, then added some band aids. Not much else to it. Like peated whiskey without the things that make it delicious. The nicest thing to say is it's interesting both in process and for historical value."