American Whiskey - Bourbon

WL [William Larue] Weller 12yr Original Wheated Bourbon

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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92nd Percentile
This score falls in the 92nd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Old WL Weller 12yr bourbon is one of the longer-aged wheated bourbons on the market and remarked on by many bloggers as one of the best value buys anywhere. Aged for 12 years, they suggest looking for flavor notes of almond and vanilla among others (signature flavors of oak aging) and promise a long, "intensely smooth" finish. The label underwent a redesign in September, 2016 but apparently left the formula unchanged.

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This bottle has 5 ratings and 5 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (272)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-10-14)
Wow. Just, wow. I had heard the hype on this one, so I jumped at the chance when my local store emailed to let me know they had gotten their yearly allotment of 12 bottles. First come, first served, limit of 1. I figured for 30 bucks, what did I have to lose. Great sweet nose. Vanilla, maple and oak with a grassy undertone. On the palate, it begins with a Praline Pecan sweetness (Pecans, brown sugar, cream, and vanilla). Mid-palate the 12 year age starts to make itself known with the sweet transitioning to an oak heavy drying finish that lasts for days. It is a tad thin, but with a silky, clingy, slightly oily texture that makes up for it. This is the kind of pour that makes you want another, and then another, and then...you get the picture. The Old Weller Antique is a little more readily available and does makes a good substitute if you can find it (though it's missing the oak and is a little more cinnamon heavy) .
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Review Comments
Cranecreek (2016-10-17):
Hi BD- I have never cared for "wheaters" much, I always have missed the rye spice in them. But you make this one sound worth a try! But here in Wisconsin I have never seen this.

spezbaby spezbaby (36)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-03-24)
This has really grown on me. Didn't like it at first, but I find it really pleasant now.
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mynoseknows mynoseknows (36)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-03-22)
A rich deep taste. Thick and filled with Carmel taste. Worth the find.
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kakapookakiki kakapookakiki (7)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-06-05)
The definition of "value bourbon". Too sweet for some, this is on the top end of that spectrum. Now that word is out of this being the same recipe as the Van Winkle wheaters, it's getting hard to find but still pops up occasionally. When it does, the quality warrants buying two bottles.
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jaketaz jaketaz (211)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-11-21)
Smooth and wheaty, dark in character and is pretty much in the middle of the quality spectrum. Not harsh, but not that complex either. Totally drinkable and works in your Old Fashioneds, Orientals, etc, but for the price you can do better. At $28 you might as well get Bulleit, Buffalo, or Forester Signature.
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