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Wheeler’s Raid Straight Bourbon No. 3 French Oak Finish

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Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Wheeler’s Raid Distillery

Distillery: Undisclosed Distillery(ies)

Release Date: Ongoing

Proof: 105

Age: 4 Years, 2 Months (Contains bourbon up to 6 years old)

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Rustic Gold

MSRP: $65 (2020)

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NOSE

Cherry | Strawberry cream | Vanilla custard | Fresh wood | Toffee | Taut

palate

Cherry | Dark raspberry | Blackberry | Anise | Toasted oak | Lively

finish

Dry oak | Vanilla | Burnt caramel | Light pepper | Touch of French oak | Lingering black cherry

uniqueness
value
overall

Founded in 2016, the distillery takes its name from a Civil War battle in which soldiers raiding a wagon wheel supply line discovered some of the wagon’s stocked whiskey. I’m guessing the winning side has a pretty good victory celebration. Regarding Wheeler’s Raid whiskey itself, this particular release was finished with medium toast French oak staves. The resulting whiskey is not overly saturated with French oak notes, but instead features a pleasing array of dark fruit flavors. A touch of dry oak on the finish adds dimension but a light tannic graininess keeps this whiskey from reaching its full potential. Yet its persuasive fruitiness and lingering black cherry note in the finish make for a rather charming sip overall.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric

December 29, 2020
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