Everybody seems to be chasing OWA these days, some areas have it in abundance with NCF store picks, and others haven’t seen it in years. It’s been yet a victim of the great wheater famine until the massive stocks currently in production come of age bringing a glut of wheated bourbons to the market.
Paid: $25 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac
Region: Frankfort, Kentucky
Aged For: Around 7 Years
Mashbill: Buffalo Trace wheated mashbill
Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4
Chill Filtered: Yes
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Nose: Vanilla, oak, I get a specific smell from wheated bourbons that I call wheater smell that is present here. Caramel, cloves, cinnamon, and rotted corn mash.
Taste: Heavy vanilla and clove in the front followed by oak and tobacco. Leather and a bit of pepper.
Finish: Warm and medium length, with more cinnamon from the nose appearing with the tobacco notes.
Thoughts: Resoundingly average. I would pick up more for $25 and under, but I don’t get the hype. I didn’t care for the rotted corn I got off the nose, but a decent mouthfeel overcomes it.
Score: 79 out of 100