Whiskey Review: MRDC Cody Road Single Barrel Bourbon - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Review: MRDC Cody Road Single Barrel Bourbon

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Mississippi River Distilling Company. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

Hailing from LeClaire, Iowa, there lies a distillery known as the Mississippi River Distilling Company and they make a lot of stuff. Mostly a variety of whiskeys, gins, and vodkas, but also have an ambitious list of seasonal spirits. Their working philosophy is “grain to glass,” meaning that they actually source, distill, and age locally, from fields within 25 miles of the distillery. Another couple of notes about the location is that it is spitting distance from the birthplace Buffalo Bill Cody and home of the History Channel’s series “American Pickers.”

Mississippi River Distilling Company came to being in 2010, the dream of two brothers’ ambitions and passions. Ryan and Garrett Burchett are the owners/distillers of MRDC, having learned the trade in Chicago, Michigan, and Germany. Before their current careers, Ryan had been a television meteorologist and Garrett had been a transportation planner.

Now, for the whiskey. Cody Road Single Barrel. According to the distillery, it is the same juice as their standard Cody Road bourbon, but is in itself a hand selected barrel and bottled at a higher proof of 105. This is a wheated bourbon, with a mash bill of 70% corn, 20% wheat, and 10% barley. Unfortunately, there is no age statement, but one can guess two to four years.

Cody Road Single Barrel Bourbon

Cody Road Single Barrel Bourbon (image via Kenji Mizumori/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Cody Road Single Barrel Bourbon

Vital Stats: 52.5% ABV, 105 proof, 70% corn, 20% wheat, and 10% barley. batch number 50323, bottle number 44. 750ml ~ $40

Appearance: Pale amber, some legs, but requires a pretty heavy swirl to get there. The label reminds one of photos from frontier times, showing buildings from an old western town.

Nose: First whiff gets those caramel and vanilla notes, amplified by the higher proof, but not in any overwhelming way. It does ride that fine line though. Upon a second visit to the nose, we find a touch of burnt sugar lurking in the background.

Palate: Medium bodied and carries flavors of that wheated bourbon sweetness of light honey. Further into the taste you find toasted oak and citrus. Like some other whiskeys that are over 100 proof, this one benefits from a few drops of water, becoming a bit more balanced. As always, it depends on how you prefer to take your whiskey.

The Takeaway


This one is good, not great. It's one of those simple whiskeys that are unabashedly themselves. It's wheated, so, check mark on those basic flavor profiles. And yet, I was hoping for a little more complexity from this one. Perhaps a bit more fruit going on. I'll admit to wondering what this would taste like at barrel proof.

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