Micro Monday Review #52 Wheel Horse Bourbon Batch 1

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

Distillery: Owensboro Distilling Company

Proof: 101

Age: NAS (rumored to be 2 - 4 years)

Mashbill: 70% Corn, 21% Rye, & 9% Malted Barley


BACKGROUND: Wheel Horse Bourbon is a collaboration between the Owensboro Distilling Company, which was previously known as O.Z. Tyler & Latitude Beverage. Wheel Horse Bourbon is a sour mash small batch bottle. Wheel Horse Bourbon was brought to the market after the successful launch of Wheel Horse Rye, which scored a 94 in the NY international Spirits Competition. Shortly after, Owensboro announced the Wheel Horse Batch one, led by master distiller Jacob Call.


NOSE: A bold nose with bold sweet scents of cherry and pecan. There is a strong spiciness to this whiskey that comes off with a slight tobacco scent. (19/25)


PALATE: Up front there are toasty oak and spice notes that are followed up with notes of vanilla and maple syrup that coats your mouth. It has a very full mouthfeel and is very smooth. (29/40)


FINISH: The finish is short and is made up of light maple, baking spice, and oak. (18/25)


VALUE: With a $27.99 SRP this is a great value. (9/10)


Overall: 75/100


FINAL THOUGHTS: Wheel Horse Sour Mash is a very tasty and smooth whiskey with classic bourbon notes. The whiskey has a very full flavor profile and an incredible value. This would make a great daily drinker for anyone. I strongly encourage you pick yourself up a bottle next time you see it on the shelf.


Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Michter's Sour Mash

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Belle Meade Sour Mash

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Wild Turkey Longbranch


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Scoring Legend:

96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

Below 50: Give away

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