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Solid nose with an oaky alcohol punch for only 114 proof. Smooth, light, very drinkable. Enjoyable. It’s like a massive 3 year old white tail buck. I’d really like to see what it’d be with a few more years on it.
Dep's Pick Number 2.
OK - so store pick, I've had 2 other store pick samples and while they are different, I think there's a profile emerging and more importantly I think we need a collection of tasting notes found in these single barrels as over time I expect they'll get pretty consistent range of common tasting notes. This isn't say knob creek where you have much older whisky and more variability as a result.
Nose - fruity, bubble gum (classic bubble ym), drop of oak, and some cinnamon. A decent but not offensive alcohol kick at the end as well. Honestly you could give me this next to a 107 and I'd have no clue which one it was, just be a question of batch/barrel.
Taste - Ok the palate we have a really well made and really nicely complex bourbon. You get the classic wheat bready yeasty profile in all wellers. Fruity, bubble gum, but then as it moves to the finish I get dark chocolate, almost a smores with dark chocolate and instead of gram crackers it's that weller wheat. But you totally get toasted marsh mellows and bitter dark chocolate. There's a nice bit of oak here, enough where if someone told me that this was getting into the 12 year range, I'd buy it. The oak is very well integrated into the flavor and enhances the sweetness, but never comes close to distracting. It is perhaps a touch drying on the finish.
Overall - really sweet, really rich, really dessert like, and sadly....while no buffalo trace product is worth secondary let alone the hype, this is an outstanding sub 50 dollar bourbon (all be it just BARELY sub 50).
3.25 a score I just gave to a 200 dollar bourbon that I've debated buying a second of. And frankly this might be better. What would it need to move up? Well, it's complex for a weller and certainly for the price, but for a 4 star bourbon it's not there. i could see myself moving this to a 3.5 but any higher doesn't work. I also for science added water (and then more) and it doesn't hurt much, but it somewhat brings to surface what I'll call a lack of refinement that you'd get in the upper upper echelon bourbons. But fear not if you do add water, it'll be fine.
It’s Weller Special Reserve, at full proof, smooth and delicious. A great pour but far over hyped. I think I’d be more excited if it had more age on it like a full proof Weller 12. Bring out more of the fruit notes.