Updated: Feb 21, 2021
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Mashbill: Undisclosed (wheated)
BACKGROUND: Weller Special Reserve is a part of the Weller line from Buffalo Trace. Weller (William Larue "WL" Weller) is a wheated bourbon line that includes the 90 proof Special Reserve, 96 proof Craft Your Perfect Bourbon "CYPB", 97 proof Single Barrel, this 107 Proof Antique, 90 proof 12 year, and 114 proof Full Proof. Their is also William Larue Weller which is apart of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC). The Weller brand was first brought to market in 1972 by Stizel-Weller Distilling Co. In 1999 the brand was sold to Sazerac Company where it fell under the Buffalo Trace umbrella. The Weller brand is highly sought after as it is a wheated bourbon and is where Julian Van Winkle "Pappy" started working in 1893. It is highly sought after as it is a wheated bourbon that comes from Buffalo Trace and is rumored to have the same mashbill or a very similar mashbill to the Van Winkle line.
NOSE: The nose on Old Weller Antique has a sweet and fruity nose with notes of dark fruit, raspberries, and dark licorice that is supported by some traces of vanilla and caramel on the back. (21/25)
PALATE: A very full bodied palate with bold flavors of cherry, plum, licorice, and sweet sugar. There are also really nice flavors of oak and cinnamon that makes itself known after sitting on your palate a little bit. It has a very full and chewy mouthfeel. (34/40)
FINISH: The cinnamon really comes to play on the back end that is accompanies by oak, and cracked pepper that ties together the entire whiskey. (23/25)
VALUE: Old Weller Antique has a SRP of $55 which is a great value and price. However, this whiskey is often priced well north of $100, we would pay up to $80. (8/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: Weller Antique 107 is one of our favorites whiskeys. The proof gives the whiskey a very nice mouthfeel and strong character while maintaining the delicious sweet and fruity notes of a wheated whiskey. This is a fantastic daily drinker if you can find yourself a few bottles at or around SRP. We strongly recommend this whiskey to anyone and everyone.
Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Weller 12 Year
Similar & Equal Whiskey: Four Roses Small Batch Select
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Larceny Barrel Proof C920
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96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea
Below 50: Give away