Age: Approximately 7 years old
Barrel Selection: McScrooge’s Wine Spirits
Tasted: Neat in a glencairn glass via a sample
Old Weller Antique is a wheated bourbon distilled by Buffalo Trace. Yes, the same distillery that produces the Pappy Van Winkle wheated bourbons. The Weller line which consists of the Special Reserve, Antique, and a 12-year- old offering actually shares the same mashbill or bourbon DNA as Pappy. Is it just that barrels picked for Pappy are older and “honey” barrels.
With the Pappy Van Winkle line of bourbons becoming increasingly harder to obtain at retail pricing, many consumers have turned to the Weller line to drink wheated bourbon. Let’s see how this bottle stacks up……..
Nose: Caramel. Orange. Oak. Cinnamon. That is about it. Not much else there. Very straightforward notes.
Palate: Caramel. Apple. Oak. Berries. I get a lot of fruitiness from this wheater. Buttery mouthfeel on the back end of the palate. Not a very rounded whiskey. Does have some rough edges.
Finish: Medium. Cinnamon most prevalent. Carmel. Vanilla. Orange peel.
Grade: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
The Old Weller Antique is a solid bottle of bourbon, especially for around $25 retail. There aren’t many wheated bourbons over 100 proof on the market today. Although, I will say I prefer the newly released Rebel Yell 10-year- old single barrel (sourced from Heaven Hill) considerably more than this bottle of Old Weller Antique. I know some in the bourbon community are somewhat down on Heaven Hill’s recent wheated bourbon releases (Larceny, Old Fitzgerald), but I’m really digging the new Rebel Yell.
Complete side bar. In my humble opinion, these wheated bourbons are perfectly paired with a nice cigar. Cheers!Tags: Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, Old Weller Antique Bourbon, review, Whiskey review