Price Point: $15 – $25 for 750 ML
About a year ago, I reviewed William Larue Weller Bourbon, one of the coveted whiskeys from Sazerac’s Antique Collection. This was a wheated bourbon bottled at barrel proof (67.4%).
Today we are examining William Larue’s younger brother – W.L. Weller Bourbon. This bourbon is bottled at a slightly lower ABV – 45%. It is still a wheated bourbon, and still a whiskey worth examining, despite its dramatically lower price point. Let’s get into it…
The nose on W.L. Weller has plenty of wheat and corn. It’s a little alcohol intense at first, and very woody for a bourbon with no specific age statement.
On your first sip, you’ll notice more wheat and corn. W.L. Weller perhaps presents a touch of rye, and a nice amount of burn at 90 proof. It’s a little thin in its mouthfeel, and could certainly have more flavor and complexity. But hey – you get what you pay for sometimes. This wheated bourbon is not quite as smooth as other notables from the same genre (such as Maker’s Mark or Rebel Reserve), but the whiskey drinkers who prefer a “bite” may appreciate this more.
This bourbon finishes with a pleasant, mellow aftertaste with sweet, syrupy notes.
Rating & Recommendations
W.L. Weller is a nice bourbon to have on hand, and certainly worthy of a respectable 81 out of 100 rating.