This Weller was a treat to sample, and absolutely delivers. For a non-age statement, any sign of youth is hidden well, and is very approachable for a full proof. The wheat sweetness is apparent, however there is enough tannin presence to keep it from becoming cloying. It is both complex on the nose and palate, and still scratches a visceral “tasty” bone.
Weller-full-proof-Bourbon is looking like a single annual release, trickling into select stores and states, and bottles are likely to be subject to secondary market absurdity. If you happen to find this on your local store shelf at a reasonable price, it is a no brainer purchase.
William Larue Weller developed his original bourbon recipe with wheat, rather than rye. Bottled at the same 114 proof the spirit was when it entered into the barrel, this non-chill filtered wheated bourbon forgoes chill filtration to preserve all the naturally occurring residual oils and flavors that occur during the distillation and aging process (potentially making it appear cloudy at cold temperatures). This bourbon balances a rich mouth feel, with robust notes of vanilla and oak. A whiskey that satisfies the demand of the non-chill filtered whiskey enthusiasts, honoring the man who made wheated bourbon legendary.
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