Hard Truth Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon Review

Hard Truth Distilling Co. has released their first ever wheated bourbon! Distilled and aged at their own distillery, Hard Truth Sweet Mash Wheated Bottled In Bond Bourbon is made with 69% corn, 19% wheat, and 12% malted barley. It is distilled on their column still and aged for 5 years. Learn all about it in our review!

Hard Truth
Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon
Bottled in Bond
Hard Truth Distilling Co, Nashville, IN
100 Proof
MSRP: $54.99

Please enjoy our Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bottled in Bond Wheated Bourbon review!

Hard Truth Distilling Is Known For Their Sweet Mash Ryes

Amongst whiskey drinkers, Hard Truth Distilling is probably best known for their Sweet Mash Ryes. Although it seems as if they have been around for quite a while, it turns out that Hard Truth only first released them in 2021. At that time, they represented Hard Truth’s first house distilled brown spirits to reach the market. However, it turns out that bourbon was actually the first whiskey barreled by Hard Truth, back in 2018. Although not distilled in house, Hard Truth has previously released a few sourced straight & finished bourbons, under the Schoonover and Sipes’ labels. 2024 marks the first year that Hard Truth will release bourbons distilled and aged in house!

Hard Truth Distilling Releases Three Bourbons

Now that Hard Truth Distilling’s “grain to glass” bourbon’s are ready for thirsty fans to enjoy, they didn’t release just one bourbon; they released three! They are the Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bourbon, Wheated Bourbon, and Four Grain Bourbon. The latter two are Bottled In Bond. This review will focus on the Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bourbon.

Sweet Mash? What’s That?

Many people have heard of a “sour mash”. In fact, you’ll see it written on the label of some very popular whiskeys, such as Jack Daniel’s Old No 7. But, what does it mean? Well, during distillation, the fermented mash, also known as “distiller’s beer”, passes through the still and is drained from the bottom. This material is then called backset or stillage. In a “sour mash”, the distiller adds the stillage to a new fresh mash and/or (less commonly) to the fermenters. Proponents of the sour mash process say it maintains consistency between batches. In addition, they say that it better controls the pH since the backset makes the mash more acidic. Therefore, that can help control bacterial growth.

In contrast, with a “sweet mash” the distiller starts fresh every time. So, why would Hard Truth Distilling do this? In their own words: “By using sweet mash, we’re able to highlight the complexity and pleasant flavors from our grains and reach the peak flavor in our new, charred American oak barrels.”

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Introducing Hard Truth Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon

Hard Truth Sweet Mash Wheated Bottled In Bond Bourbon uses a mash bill consisting of 69% Indiana corn, 19% wheat and 12% malted barley. Hard Truth then distills the mash on their Vendome column still. Next, it is barreled and aged in Independent Stave Company custom Cooper Select barrels made with staves seasoned for 18-24 months. No age statement is given, per se. However, being a bottled in bond bourbon, Hard Truth has provided us with some additional information. It turns out that this batch was distilled in Spring 2019 and Bottled in Spring 2024. Therefore, it has aged for 5 years. It is a blend of 28 barrels, and is non-chill filtered.

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Tasting Notes – Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bottled in Bond Wheated Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Sweet dark cherries, butterscotch & vanilla; touch of burnt caramel & milk chocolate; hint of tart orange; light cedar; relatively mild alcohol vapor
👉🏻Taste: Butterscotch, milk chocolate, cherry, hint of tart oranges, and light dry oak; slightly sweet
👉🏻Finish: Growing black pepper spice with some dry oak; light lingering barrel char and tannins in the end; long with a pleasant warmth

Sweet Candy & Confectionary Flavors Followed By Black Pepper Spice

The sweet candy-like dark cherries are dominant in the nose. Butterscotch, vanilla, tart oranges and light cedar are in the background. The brand’s tasting notes mention toasted marshmallow and dark chocolate; I can see that, too. The toasted marshmallows may be what I am perceiving as vanilla and touch of burnt caramel. The chocolate is more of a cocoa powder and milk chocolate, to me. The alcohol vapor is fairly mild for the proof.

The taste brings butterscotch and sweet caramel, complimented by some cherries, subtle burnt caramel, medium dark milk chocolate and dry oak. Black pepper spice grows on my tongue in the finish, to a moderately high level, and lingers. Subtle cherries remain. There’s some dry oak and light barrel char, too, and a pleasant warmth grows in my chest.

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Conclusion – Hard Truth Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon Review

I am a Wheated Bourbon fan, as well as a Bottled In Bond fan, so this Hard Truth Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon is right up my alley! It brings some of those richer confectionary flavors I expect from a wheated bourbon at this proof, as well as some fruits. The spice that builds in the finish is a nice conclusion, and leaves me ready to enjoy the rich flavors of the next sip. If you are a fan of these flavors as well, then this is a bourbon that you’ll want to try. Have you tried it? What did you think? Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Hard Truth Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon review! Next, read about another bourbon from Hard Truth in our Hard Truth Sweet Mash Bourbon Review! If you would like to learn about another wheated bourbon, read our Wilderness Trail Small Batch Wheated Bourbon Review!

The bottle for my review was graciously provided by Hard Truth Distilling.

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