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Wheel Horse Cigar Blend Bourbon




Whiskey Review: Wheel Horse Cigar Blend Bourbon

Tasting Notes:

Aged four years in New American oak; finished in a combination of Sherry, Port, and Armagnac casks for approximately 6-8 months; 101 proof; $40.
This one has a nice golden amber with mahogany tints. The legs are moderate, with suitable viscosity in the glass.
The glass has an excellent range of smells – notes of vanilla, red licorice, tobacco, warm oak, blackberry, Dr. Pepper, and brown sugar- which blend harmoniously.
Nice. Warm spice, deep cherry, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, pepper, caramel, tobacco, and dark chocolate make this very inviting to smoke a cigar with.
It is long and vibrant without having too much over the top. It lingers gently, much like a nice puff from a cigar floats gently away.
While not the most amazing of these cigar blends I’ve tried to date, Wheel Horse Cigar Blend Bourbon is an excellent offering. The flavor profile is suitable for being paired with a good cigar. Just a touch more age would benefit this greatly.

Editor’s Note: The Whiskey Wash acquired this whiskey as an independent review sample not supplied by the related brand. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link in this review, our site receives a small referral payment, which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs. 

One of the more fascinating sub-categories of whiskey these days is the so-called “cigar blend.” Though one can pair many whiskeys with a good cigar through trial and error, the brands/distilleries behind this type of expression purposely craft offerings, usually through cask finishing, that are specifically paired to go with a cigar.

One of the gold standards in this niche is the Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon, finished in ex-sherry, ex-Cognac, and ex-Armagnac casks. Other brands in this group often use some combination of that cask mix, though different variants are also out there. One of the more recent offerings to come to market is the Wheel Horse Cigar Blend Bourbon, which is the focus of my review today.

As noted in 2020, Wheel Horse Whiskey is produced at the historic Green River Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky, for Latitude Beverage Company. The cigar blend offering, released last November, was a limited edition expression of just 3,000 bottles nationwide, priced at $40. It was first aged over four years in its original oak barrels and then finished in a combination of Sherry, Port, and Armagnac casks for approximately 6-8 months. 

Wheel Horse noted that the barrels “were married, and the whiskey was bottled at 101 proof (50.5% ABV), non-chill filtered.”

“While there is no official definition for a ‘Cigar Blend,’ there is history to the term,” said Terry Lozoff, Spirits Director at Latitude Beverage, owners of the Wheel Horse brand, at its debut. “In American whiskey, Cigar Blends have typically involved a combination of finishes, with Armagnac and/or Cognac being a favored choice.

“For Wheel Horse Cigar Blend, we are using Armagnac-finished Bourbon as the base, but this is complemented by a smaller amount of Sherry and Port-finished Bourbons to create a profile that we believe is balanced, flavorful, and perfectly paired with a fine cigar.”

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