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Wheel Horse Sour Mash Bourbon Review

I picked up this bottle when I was actually having some car troubles. There was a liquor store nearby when I was waiting for a ride and I stopped in and grabbed the only label I didn't have already on hand. I don't know if it just caught me at the right time, but this was an instant hit for me. Let's see how it stands up to a review!


Company on Label: O.Z. Tyler Distillery

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Barley

Proof: 101°

Age: 2 years

Further identification: Batch 1


Nose: Stewed plum; syrupy cherry. Peppery & a light smoke. Smooth blend of caramel & molasses. Slight meatiness in the oak. Dry herbal rye spice is light and airy but with some funk deep down. Dry powdered vanilla. Now I'm starting to get that stewed plum and cinnamon this time... yum. Starting to show off some lovely earthy spice. Very dry late with a mixed bowl of copper caramel, nutmeg and brown sugar. A well mixed concoction. Empty glass is smoky.

Palate: First created with a dash of caramel, but then an overwhelming wave of syrupy cherry and peppered rye spice tumble back over the tongue. Almost a true "wow" first sip; this one surprised me from the very start. Punchy vanilla legs along with an oak that really doesn't taste like a "minimum of two years" but more like 4. Maybe there is something to this sour mash recipe that does well to mask its flaws; I certainly can't find any. It doesn't have the palate complexity to last all night evolving, but this is a fantastic value sipper. Oh, some nice citrus notes worked into the palate late & finally brought along a nice mouth coating. What else could you ask for?


Rating: 4/5



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