Wheel Horse Whiskey introduced Wheel Horse Cigar Blend Bourbon, a limited-edition whiskey distilled at the historic Green River Distillery in Owensboro, Ky. With just 3,000 bottles available, this limited offering is available online in most states beginning today, along with limited availability on shelves.
Cigar Blend whiskeys are a growing trend as many drinkers look for new, unique offerings to sip and add to their collection. This new Wheel Horse Cigar Blend Bourbon was 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. The barrels were married and the whiskey was bottled at 101 proof (50.5% ABV), non-chill filtered. The expression retails around $40 per bottle, a testament to Wheel Horse Whiskey's dedication to offering whiskey lovers an affordable luxury.
"While there is no official definition for a 'Cigar Blend,' there is history to the term," says Terry Lozoff, Spirits Director at Latitude Beverage, owners of the Wheel Horse brand. "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."
On the nose, the whiskey is full of dark fruit aromas, such as cherry and plum, with a light undertone of tobacco. On the palate, sweet brown sugar is balanced with rich coffee before revealing earthy notes of leather and dark chocolate. The finish lingers with complex flavors of mulling spice and roasted almonds.