Happy Weller Wednesday Hawks!!!!!!!
I had all planned on reviewing a local distillery this week, but then I got a hold of some Weller Special Reserve, Weller Antique, and Weller 12 year old. I have wanted to try some Weller’s for years, but could never find any in the ABC ran state of NC. Needless to say I was excited to run across these!
This week we will review Weller Special Reserve (WSR) AKA The Green Label Weller.
All the Weller products come from the Buffalo Trace Distillery and are part of their “wheated” line. These include bourbons such as W.L. Weller and Pappy Van Winkle. So let’s jump into this review!
Mash Bill- I couldn’t find the specific mash bill for WSR, but we know it’s from Buffalo Trace’s wheated mash bill.
ABV- 90 Proof
Price- This is only a 19-23 dollar bourbon. However, because of the limited quantities and the hoarders that live in the bourbon community, this goes for well over double on the illegal black market.
Color- Bronzed Orange/Honey
Nosing- I like to let my bourbons sit for a few minutes to allow some of the alcohol blunt to drift away, and this bourbon was no different. After letting it open up a few minutes, I was treated to sweet smells of caramel, honey, graham crackers, and as dumb as it sounds, candy corn. Not the regular ones either. The awesome caramel ones that we all loved as kids. Admittedly, I still love them.
Taste- Incredibly sweet with all the caramel and vanilla notes you could ask for. On the back end of the tongue, I get some mild oak, marshmallow, and maple syrup.
Finish- WSR is not an overly complex bourbon, but it does have a nice medium finish that coats the mouth like a light butter. On the exhale after swallow, you really get those caramel notes. At 90 proof, this was not a hard bourbon to just sip on neat. WSR had very little burn to it, and was great for an spring afternoon.
Final Thoughts- While I had hoped for this being a stellar out of the park bourbon because of the following, I was slightly let down. It was good in every sense, but nothing to write home about. All the hype behind this bourbon is absolutely crazy to me. Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it and would love to keep it in my collection to sip on warmer evenings, or help newcomers to bourbon make the full transition to the bourbon world, but it just lacked. Hell, for a 20 dollar bottle, how much can we really expect? It does the job, and gets it done with little effort.
I sipped this bourbon out of my Glencairn glass, neat. I felt no need to add water or ice.