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We’ve had a lot of requests lately to re-post the Bourbon Flavor Wheel for readers who want to conduct their own tastings.

I created the wheel back in April for my “Tasting Bourbon 101” post, and I suppose it has been a useful tool for some of our readers.  So in order to help facilitate your own tastings, I’ve created a separate file of the flavor wheel along with a tasting sheet you can print off and use at home when tasting and scoring your own bourbons!

The flavor wheel  is just a guide with some very general flavors.  You may find none of these in some bourbons, or you may find these and lots more that are not included.  Feel free to use this in your own tastings.  Just taste your bourbon, and start in the middle of the wheel and work your way to the outside, identifying flavors along the way.

The Modern Thirst Tasting Wheel

MT Tasting Sheet



PDF:  Flavor Wheel and Tasting Sheet


EDIT:  The Flavor Wheel has been reformatted if you prefer a different look!




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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and Founder and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.


  1. Greetings,
    I just finished reading most everything on bourbons,.. thank you for your resources & delivery of info.
    I was hoping for a link to print out Bourbon Tasting Wheel,.. that was mention in the video. May I please request that link plz?

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