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Wheel Horse Bourbon Whiskey Review

Last updated Apr 18, 2021 | Published on Dec 6, 2020

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by Matty Sims

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

Disclaimer: The whiskey reviewed was furnished for free courtesy of the spirit distiller. The distillery did not pay us for this review. This review is our honest and unbiased opinion based soley on how the spirit tasted.

Wheel Horse Bourbon is a collaboration between Latitude Beverage and Owensboro Distilling Company (formerly O.Z. Tyler), along the western Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and tantalizes with flavors of pecans, chocolate, nougat, caramel, vanilla, and toasted coconut.

Wheel Horse is a sour mash bourbon whiskey and is distilled by Master Distiller Jacob Call in copper stills and aged between 2 to 4 years in 53-gallon new American oak barrels. It is also non-chill filtered (NCF) for maximum mouthfeel and flavor.

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Wheel Horse Bourbon Whiskey Review

Wheel Horse Bourbon Whiskey

Wheel Horse Bourbon Whiskey
Wheel Horse BourbonDetails
In the Bottle101 Proof
Mashbill70% corn, 21% rye and 9% malted barley
ABV50.5%
Distilled and AgedOwensboro, KY
Char#4 Char
Age2 to 4-years-old
StyleCollaboration between Owensboro Distilling and Latitude Beverage, Non-Chill Filtered
Release Date2020
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$31.99
DistilleryOwensboro Distilling Company
Owensboro, Kentucky
ProsSolid flavor and complexity (love the toasted coconut note)
ConsRoom for Flavor Development
AvailabilityReadily Available
RatingSilver 🥈 86 out of 100 points
InventoryDaily Drinker
Buy OnlineWheel Horse Whiskey Site
Additional ReviewsMichael Veach

Wheel Horse Bourbon in the Glass

Wheel Horse has long thin legs. Average glass coverage. Color is fresh-pressed apple cider.

Nose – 87 points

The nose does present some youth but it’s pleasant and balanced. Reminds me of eating cream of wheat as a child with fixing. In this case, that includes pecans, chocolate, nougat, caramel, vanilla, and toasted coconut.

Taste – 86 points

I get toasted coconut (which I love), roasted grains, and charred oak on the front palate. There are overtones of baking spice and white pepper from the front to the back of the palate. Creamy and brown sugar on the mid-palate.

Finish – 85 points

The finish medium to long. It’s got baking spice, pepper, and youthful oak. There are some toasted grain and light caramel.

Verdict – Silver 86 out of 100 points

Wheel Horse Bourbon Whiskey has some unrefined edges, but overall it offers solid flavors and good complexity to start. It is enjoyable to drink neat — and that’s always the rub. Wheel Horse Bourbon should be watched closely. I’m no fortune teller but more good bourbon is in Wheel Horse Bourbon Whiskey’s future. Cheers and congrats to the team on an excellent first batch.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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