William Larue Weller Bourbon (Fall 2015)
William Larue Weller // Kentucky, USA
This annual release from Buffalo Trace honors 19th century distiller W.L. Weller, who is credited with being the first to use wheat instead of rye in the mash bill, thus pioneering the "wheated bourbon" phenomenon. This edition was distilled in the spring of 2003 and aged on the second and sixth floors of Warehouses I, K and L. At 134.6 proof, this is one of its most potent presentations.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"As you taste this bourbon you may be reminded of the dessert scene in "Young Frankenstein" when Igor is accused of making "yummy sounds." Vanilla, milk chocolate, almond and Bing cherries (collectively, the flavors of a tonka bean if you've ever tasted them) waft from the glass and onto the palate. Comforting, buttery shortbread, honeysuckle and the most delicate acidity of lemon oil follow. Given its considerable proof, it's hardly noticeable, perhaps distracted by its truly yummy and balanced flavors. Mmmmmmmm."