Up to now we’ve lined the primary version of bourbon and rye from Wheel Horse — sourced from O.Z. Tyler in Owensboro, Kentucky and bottled in Rhode Island. Now the model is continuous apace with additional batches, although there don’t look like any adjustments within the manufacturing course of. In the present day we have a look at Wheel Home rye batch #3, launched in spring 2021. It stays a mix of 95% rye, 5% malted barley and carries no age assertion.
On the entire my opinion of the whiskey stays scarcely modified from its simple launch two years in the past, although my tasting notes are fairly a bit totally different.
A racy nostril instantly evokes notes of reduce grass, barrel char, black pepper, and peanut shells all in a slurry, discovering a little bit of respite within the type of butterscotch and a light-weight lemon character — which is a minimum of a break from the fairly dank impression left by batch #1. The palate is nevertheless fairly uncommon, even a bit bizarre, with notes of incense and floral physique lotion kicking issues off. The whiskey finally finds its approach to extra conventional rye spice notes, together with cloves and nutmeg, alongside notes of well-toasted barrel staves. The end stays a bit robust and industrial — I referred to as it rustic in 2020 — and whereas it doesn’t overly impress, it’s a minimum of value free consideration as a mixer at this worth level.
101 proof. Reviewed: Batch #3.