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Please enjoy our Square 6 Wheated Bourbon Review!
The Third Release In The Square 6 Line
On June 12th, 2023, Heaven Hill launched the third release in their Square 6 line, Square 6 Wheated Bourbon. If you are not familiar with Square 6, they are whiskeys that are entirely made in the artisanal distillery at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville, KY. The first two releases in 2021 and 2022, respectively were the High Rye Bourbon and the High-Rye Rye.
The whiskeys made at the artisanal distillery differ significantly from the main Evan Williams line in that they are distilled in very small quantities on a pot still. That is opposed to the large column stills that Heaven Hill (the maker of Evan Williams Bourbons, in case you weren’t aware) uses in their Bernheim Distillery. Therefore the flavor profiles are quite different from, say, Evan Williams Black Label.
Tasting Notes – Square 6 Wheated Bourbon Review
Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Brown sugar, maple syrup, sweet corn and a “breadiness” made with a nice sweet cornmeal and wheat flour; light cinnamon, sweet apples, raspberry jam, lightly burnt caramel & soft cedar; moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Tastes quite a bit like how it smells; sweet, corn and wheat flour bread, caramel, tangy fruit, with a full mouth feel
👉Finish: Things take a bit of a turn; white pepper spice develops, although the sweetness and graininess linger on; some subtle red berries, maybe raspberries, appear later on; there’s a bit of barrel char, too; long finish with a moderate burn
Rich & Full Flavors Throughout
The flavors are ample and rich throughout. Square 6 Wheated Bourbon has a full body to it that, really, only pot stills can provide. The nose is very complex, and sweet, grain-forward flavors prevail. The taste is surprisingly like the nose, but the finish mixes things up a bit, in a good way. I know people say wheated bourbons are “softer”, but they definitely can have a spicier side to them as well; the Square 6 certainly does. The spice adds to the overall complexity and is a nice contrast to the sweetness that precedes it.
It’s a Pot Still Bourbon, Not a Young Bourbon
I have been a big fan of the Square 6 whiskeys, and for me, this one is another winner. Now, it is a pot still bourbon, so it will have the expected sweetness and graininess. However, I happen to love those flavors. It seems that many people (of course not you, my bourbon knowledgeable friends) often mistake these pot still flavors for youth. In reality, this bourbon is a blend of 40% 6 year old & 60% 7.9 year old bourbons, so it is well aged. In fact, that 6-8 year range is what many people consider the “sweet spot”. So, young, it is not.
Are you a pot still bourbon fan? Have you tried the Square 6 Wheated Bourbon? What did you think? Cheers!🥃
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