Old Weller Antique 107

Old Weller Antique

107 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

So in lieu of tracking down a bottle of William LaRue Weller (or any of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection…not for lack of trying of course) this year, I thought I’d break out an oldie but goodie–Old Weller Antique.  This is a bourbon I’ve had many, many times.  In the beginning of my “bourbon awakening” it was one of my favorites, though as my palate gets a little more evolved I am not as excited about it as I used to be.  I already covered a little of the history of the Weller brand in a previous review, so I’ll skip right to the tasting here.

Like the rest of the Weller line this is a wheated bourbon produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery.  Theoretically I want this bourbon to be better because I love the idea of making a wheated bourbon (typically thought of as extra smooth) but upping the proof on it to where it still hits you hard, unlike Maker’s Mark (the most popular wheated bourbon in the world I’d guess) for example which I can drink like apple juice, for better or for worse.  It has a nice nose, and if you add a couple drops of water it really will open up to you.  Cinnamon, leather, brown sugar, and geraniums, though not as floral as a lot of stuff made at Buffalo Trace.  It is a hot whiskey, apparently much hotter nowadays than a few years ago when it still carried a 7-year age statement.  I don’t always add water to higher proof pours, but this one benefits from it for sure.  I get cinnamon, vanilla, overripe melon, kinda astringent but really not super oaky like is often found with that astringency.  Oak comes right before the finish.  Finishes spicy (kinda surprising), short to medium in length.

I’m still into this bourbon, I really am.  It is a cool, wheated bourbon with a rich heritage, and for the price is still a great value, especially if you can find the 1.75L bottle–just buy it.  I will let you in on a secret too–I managed to procure a bottle of Van Winkle 10 Year which is kind of a brother to this bourbon, and I will eventually do a tasting of it alongside this guy to see the difference!  In fact I’d love to do side-by-side tasting of 107, Weller 12, Pappy 10, and a fourth pour of “Poor Man’s Pappy,” which is a vatted mix of 12 year and Antique….should be fun, look out for it.

Rating: 8.3 / 10

Bought at Total Wine & More in Greenville, SC for $24.99

 

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