Review: W.L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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Virgin Charred Oak; ~7 Yrs
~70% Corn; 16% Wheat; 14% Malted Barley
Distiller Buffalo Trace (Frankfort, Kentucky)

This is the base expression of the Weller line of bourbons, which generally range from 7-12 years of age and are the main brand representing the wheated bourbon produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: B1510310:49A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Quite bright and fruity, with cherries, apple juice, tomatoes, dried apricot, and a background of earthy, marshy corn. The fruit and the corn don't quite meet one another that well, almost making it seem like the marshiness of the corn is making the fruit taste as if it is off. On the palate, a bit bitter! The cherries continue, but the overall impression isn't great and a bit too oily. The finish is light and doesn't last long, even after the promising tingly spice at the end.

Value: Average, at $37.