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Every Weller Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Oct 14, 2020

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by Matty Sims

You’re here because you’ve been asking, “Which Weller bourbon is the best?” We’ve got you covered with reviews of every Weller plus a lot more.

The first Weller who distilled whiskey was Daniel Weller, grandfather of William LaRue Weller. Daniel was a pioneer distillery in the 18th century in Maryland and Revolutionary War vet. However, this was not the Weller wheated bourbon we know and love today (that didn’t happen until 1935). Weller whiskey as a brand was created in 1849 by W. L. Weller & Sons and updated to a wheated bourbon by the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in 1935. Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle preferred the smooth finish wheat added to a traditional bourbon (the secondary grain in the mashbill is wheat as opposed to rye).

According to Michael Veach,

In the year 1899, W.L. Weller & Sons purchased a larger storefront on the north side of Main Street between 1rst and 2nd streets from Bernheim Bros. The office and store were very close to the waterfront where barrels could be loaded on steamboats for shipment to markets, but this fact had become less important after the Civil War.

Weller and Sons Store Front

from the archives of Michael Veach

During prohibition, Julian Van Winkle ran the business selling medicinal whiskey on the old whiskey row in Louisville until Prohibition’s end in 1935 when W. L. Weller & Sons merged with A. Ph. Stitzel to form the now legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery (although there are records of a contract distilling relationship in 1912 with A. Ph. Stitzel making whiskey for W. L. Weller & Sons, although it was not wheated).

Once Stitzel-Weller closed in 1972 the brand bounced around — from Diageo to Buffalo Trace. It finally found its home at Buffalo Trace in 1999.

Buffalo Trace brought The Original Wheated Bourbon back into the limelight expanding the brand over the last decade with several expansions and increasing production. Compare the production for the William LaRue Weller in the chart at the bottom. Up until the fall of 2015, the highest number of bottles released was 7,780. 2016 saw 13,421, 2017 saw 19,040, and 2018 saw 17, 179 bottles released. Buffalo Trace stopped bottle release counts in 2019.

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Now that’s we’ve settled the argument of Weller red vs. green. Let’s move on to some additional info about Weller bourbon. Weller is named after William LaRue Weller (1825–1899). Legend has it he was the first to use wheat as the secondary grain instead of rye in a bourbon mash bill. W.L. Weller hired Julian Van Winkle as a salesman for W. L. Weller & Sons in 1893. That was the start of a beautiful partnership. Van Winkle would later purchase A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery in 1935 which would merge with W. L. Weller & Sons to create the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery.

Formerly, there were two other modern releases of Weller bourbons:

  • W. L. Weller 19 year (Review) – BTAC at 90 proof, Bottled by Buffalo Trace, 2000 – 2002
  • W. L. Weller Centennial 10 Year (Review) – Bourbon Heritage Collection at 100 proof, Bottled by Diageo and Buffalo Trace, 1998- 2009 (see the video below)

It’s also interesting to note that all wheated bourbons from Buffalo Trace (Weller and Pappy) use the same mashbill. The only difference is the age, location, warehouse, and barrels. See the infographic from Bourbonr below.

Related: Buffalo Trace Bourbon Review

Weller Special Reserve Review

Weller Special Reserve

Weller Special Reserve
Weller Special ReserveDetails
ProductionWheated Bourbon
BarrelNew, Charred American Oak
MashbillUnknown
AgeNAS
Proof90°
ABV45%
Price$20
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
ProsSoft, Subtle Flavors, Great for Sipping, and Great for Cocktails
ConsLacks Complexity
RatingSilver 91 out of 100 Points
InventoryGreat to Have on Hand

According to Buffalo Trace,

The Original Wheated Bourbon Whiskey features an exceptionally smooth taste, substituting wheat for rye grain. Bottled at 90 proof, this bourbon stands out with its burnt orange color. Its softer flavor notes make this bourbon great for sipping or making cocktails.

Nose – 92 out of 100 Points

Amber honey, cherries, and a hint of leather. It’s a delightful nose especially for the proof and price point.

Taste – 92 out of 100 Points

The palate is clean and crisp with a nice balance of white pepper, honey, and tart apples. I also get a nice caramel undercurrent and just a bit of that leather at the back of the palate.

Finish – 90 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium with leather, some light baking spice, and just subtle undertones of the honey.

Verdict – Silver 91 out of 100 Points

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Weller Special Reserve is both underrated as a daily drinker and also underdeveloped compared to OWA or Weller 12.

Awards

  • 2020 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – New York World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Outstanding Medal – Whiskies of the World
  • 2019 Silver Medal – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – American Whiskey Masters
  • 2019 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2019 Silver Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Silver Medal – New York International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Silver Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Silver Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition

Weller Antique 107 Review

Weller Antique 107

Weller Antique 107
Weller Antique 107 (OWA)Details
ProductionWheated Bourbon
BarrelNew, Charred American Oak
MashbillUnknown
AgeNAS
Proof107°
ABV53.5%
Price$50
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
ProsBold, Complex Flavors
ConsNone
RatingGold 94 Points
InventoryStock Up When You Find

Weller Antique 107 is a fan fav for those who love wheated bourbons because it perfectly balances the sweet notes you expected from a wheater with the bold robust spice and long finish. Prior to Buffalo Trace distilling Weller, the OWA 107 used to be the full proof offering in the Weller line. Stitzel-Weller had a lower entry proof (similar to Maker’s Mark today) which made their full proof bourbons hit the 107 proof mark. Now the entry proof at Buffalo Trace is higher so it’s no longer a full proof bourbon, but it doesn’t disappoint.

Weller 107 was sought after and hard to find even in the 1960s. President Lyndon B. Johnson sent a lobbyist on a bourbon hunt in Texas looking for thirty-six bottles to woo Senator Richard Russell according to Robert Caro, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, in Working.

“Weller 107 was a very special sour mash. So few bottles were manufactured each year – each bottle was numbered by hand – that there would be only a few for sale in any one liquor store, or, indeed, in any one city. It was the favorite beverage of a powerful southern senator, Richard Brevard Russell of Georgia, whose support was vital to the career of Lyndon Johnson and the balance sheet of Brown & Root. As soon as Russell had accepted Johnson’s annual invitation to visit the Johnson Ranch, Lyndon would call George Brown of Brown & Root, and Brown would dispatch the Brown & Root lobbyist, Posh Oltorf, in the company plane from city to city until three cases – thirty-six bottles – of 107 were assembled for Lyndon to give Russell as a gift to take back to Georgia with him.”

Weller antique is honey-colored with a rose gold tint. It’s oily but not quite as thick as the Weller 12. Smaller beads make their way down the Glencairn whiskey glass.

Nose – 92 out of 100 Points

It’s like a bouquet of summer berries and crisp late summer apples covered in white chocolate and dusted with cinnamon. I also get hints of honey. The more I nose this the more the baking spice come to the play.

Taste – 94 out of 100 Points

I remember buying my first bottle of Weller Antique and thinking, “Wow this is spicey.” Now not so much. The front of the palate is bright and fruity with caramel. The side and back is baking spice and red pepper. And as you chew this bourbon you get just a bit of tingling spicy on the tip of the tongue.

Finish – 97 out of 100 Points

The finish is long which is why bourbon nerds love OWA. It’s got charred oak and baking spice with just subtle hints of red fruit and caramel. The real star is the oak and spice which is perfectly balanced.

Verdict – Gold 94 out of 100 Points

If you can come away with 2 or 3 (or more of these a year), count yourself lucky. It may be the best value at right at its price point. Weller Antique is well regarded for a reason. It’s a big, bold wheated with a long finish. This is a full-bodied world champion.

Awards

  • 2020 Bronze Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – New York World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Outstanding Medal – Whiskies of the World
  • 2019 Silver Medal – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – American Whiskey Masters
  • 2019 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2019 Silver Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Silver Medal – New York International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Silver Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition
  • 2016 Gold Medal – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

Related: Best Bourbons Ranked for Every Budget (2020)

Weller Craft Your Perfect Bourbon (C.Y.P.B.) Review

Weller C.Y.P.B.

Weller Craft Your Perfect Bourbon (C.Y.P.B.)
Weller C.Y.P.B.Details
MashbillUnknown
In the Bottle95 Proof
ABV47.5%
Age8 Years
TypeWheated Bourbon, High Floors
Price$39.99
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
RatingSilver 93 out of 100 Points
InventoryStock Up When You Find

According to Buffalo Trace,

A few years ago we asked whiskey drinkers to “Craft Your Perfect Bourbon” (C.Y.P.B.) online by visiting buffalotracedistillery.com/yourperfectbourbon/ and choosing their ideal bourbon recipe, proof, warehouse location and age. Thousands chose wheated bourbon, just like William Larue Weller did years ago. This limited edition whiskey is the result of the overwhelming consensus—a wheated recipe bourbon, aged on the highest warehouse floors for eight years and bottled at 95 proof.

Full Review Coming Soon

Verdict – Gold 93 out of 100 Points

Awards

  • 2020 Silver Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Double Gold Medal; Best in Class – New York World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Best of Show – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition
  • 2019 “Best of Show” – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – American Whiskey Masters
  • 2019 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2019 Gold Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition

Weller 12 Year Review

Weller 12

Weller 12-Years-Old
Weller 12 YearDetails
ProductionWheated Bourbon
BarrelNew, Charred American Oak
MashbillUnknown
Age12 Years
Proof90°
ABV45%
Price$39.99
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
ProsBalanced, Complex, and Creamy
ConsNone
RatingGold 95 Points
InventoryCoveted Prize When You Find It on the Shelf

According to Buffalo Trace,

As part of the wheated bourbon family, this twelve year old W.L. Weller is aged far longer than most wheated bourbons. This offering is a smooth, easy-going and balanced offering with a beautiful deep bronze color.

Weller 12 is often called the Poor Man’s Pappy. It does remind me of Pappy 15 and the older releases minus the oak.

Also, in many bourbon groups you’ll hear people talk about making Poor Man’s Pappy by mixing 40% Weller 12 and 60% Weller Antique 107. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this Pappy blending voodoo.

Awards: Extraordinary / Ultimate Recommendation (95–100 pts) from the 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge and a Silver Outstanding medal from the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition (UK)

Thick and oily with long legs. It’s a chestnut color.

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

I love a bourbon that smacks you in the face when you pop the cork (or, in this case, twist the cap). The minute I poured this into my Glencairn whiskey glass caramel, apple pie baking spice, and buttered pie crust hit my nose.

Now nose in the glass — all those flavors are intensified. Plus a wonderful tart apple and blackberry note.

Taste – 97 out of 100 Points

The front and mid-palate are all maple syrup and dark rich caramel streusel. My wife makes this apple pie with a streusel on top — oats, caramel, pecans, and pie crust cut-outs. That’s what this reminds me of. The back of the palate does have subtle baking spice balanced with tart green apples.

Finish – 95 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium. In this era of bourbon where everyone is hunting for the crazy long finish, I’m more than ok with this medium finish. It’s got just a hint of spice along with maple syrup and caramel and just a touch of charred oak. Complexity and balance epitomized.

Verdict – Gold 96 out of 100 Points

The masses usually proclaim Weller Antique 107 as the champion of the lower Wellers. However, I’ve always loved Weller 12 for its creamy, buttery mouthfeel and rich flavor profile.

Weller 12 is the bourbon whiskey, if I could find it regularly, that would be my daily drinker in another world. Alas, I can dream.

Awards

  • 2020 Silver Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2020 Silver Medal – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2019 Silver Medal – New York World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – Whiskies of the World
  • 2019 Double Gold Medal – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – American Whiskey Masters
  • 2019 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Bronze Medal – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2019 Silver Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Double Gold Medal, Best Straight Bourbon – New York International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 BEST IN SHOW; Best of Division; Best of Category; Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2018 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2018 “Great Value” – 93 points – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 2018 Gold Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition
  • 2015 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2015 Trophy Finalist; “Great Value;” “Tried & True” – 96 points – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 2015 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2015 BTI International Review of Spirits – “Exceptional” – 94 points
  • 2015 Bronze Medal, Best Bourbon – Age Statement – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2014 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2014 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2005 Silver Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2005 Silver Medal – International Spirits Challenge
  • 2004 Silver Medal – International Spirits Challenge
  • 2003 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2003 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2003 Silver Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2003 Bronze Medal – International Spirits Challenge
  • 2002 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2002 Gold Medal – International Spirits Challenge
  • 2001 Silver Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Weller Full Proof Review

Weller Full Proof

Weller Full ProofDetails
ProductionWheated Bourbon
BarrelNew, Charred American Oak
MashbillUndisclosed (Wheated Bourbon)
AgeNAS
Proof114
ABV57%
Price$49.99
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
ProsOWA and Weller 12 Had a Love Child
ConsMore Complexity and Pop on the Finish
RatingGold 95 Points
InventoryLook for Store Picks

According to Buffalo Trace,

William Larue Weller developed his original bourbon recipe with wheat, rather than rye. Bottled at the same 114 proof the spirit was when it entered into the barrel, this non-chill filtered wheated bourbon forgoes chill filtration to preserve all the naturally occurring residual oils and flavors that occur during the distillation and aging process (potentially making it appear cloudy at cold temperatures). This bourbon balances a rich mouth feel, with robust notes of vanilla and oak. A whiskey that satisfies the demand of the non-chill filtered whiskey enthusiasts, honoring the man who made wheated bourbon legendary.

This had a great amber color with long, oily legs.

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

The nose offered tart, bright fruit and creamy strawberry yogurt notes which I love balanced with more savory cinnamon.

Taste – 95 out of 100 Points

The taste is bright, clean, and creamy — a great trifecta. The fruit and cinnamon carry through the palate and there’s just a little heat on the palate as a reminder you’re drinking a full proof bourbon.

Finish – 94 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium, the fruit notes are lighter and more of a backdrop while the cinnamon is more forward with subtle charred oak and clove.

Verdict – Gold 95 out of 100 Points

The Weller Full Proof has those classic wheated bourbon notes you expect from Weller even at the higher proof. I could drink through a couple of bottles of this every year if I could find it more easily. The standard was far less earthy and savory than the single barrel reviewed below — which I prefer.

Awards

  • 2020 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2020 Bronze Medal – World Whiskies Awards

Weller Full Proof Single Barrel Bottle Shop Review

Weller Full Proof Single Barrel

Weller Full Proof Single Barrel
Full Proof Store PickDetails
In the Bottle114 Proof
ABV57%
AgeNAS
Suggested MSRP$49.99
DistilleryBuffalo Trace
BrandW.L. Weller
ProsBold, Full Flavored
ConsGuitar Solos Instead Orchestrated Complexity
RatingGold 93 Points

For any bourbon nerd, the Weller Full Proof Single Barrel needs no introduction. The brand has expanded over the last three years — from the original trinity of Weller Special Reserve, Antique 107, and 12 Years to now include CYBP (2018), Weller Full Proof (Summer 2019), and Weller Single Barrel (Summer 2020).

I’ve heard many people chuckle at adding on average 7 proof for Full Proof but those people are either trolls or don’t know how taste develops in whiskey. Even a small alteration in one factor when making a whiskey can make a huge difference in flavor. Barrel location, the part of the tree the wood is from, entry proof, weather, ventilation in the rick house. It’s all fair game when experimenting with flavor.

For the many of us who may never have the opportunity to find and purchase William Larue Weller, the Weller Full Proof provides a nice opportunity to taste Weller straight out of the barrel. In the bourbon groups I’m apart of, it seems like I’m seeing more Weller Full Proof barrel picks than the standard offering. This pick came out of south Georgia which seems as though it’s flush Weller Full Proof private picks.

Medium viscosity. Some of the legs quickly rolled down my Glencairn. Minimal amounts of slower beads made their way to the mosh pit in the bottom of my Glencairn.

Nose – 93 out of 100 Points

This nose reminds me of fresh summer berries. Walking through the blackberry patch and that smell of over-ripened berries that have fallen to the ground and the tart berries you eat right off the bush.

I also pick up some light caramel and just hints of toasted oak.

Taste – 90 out of 100 Points

This Wheated bourbon packs a punch with complex flavor and spice. It also upended what I expected from the nose.

The initial pop is creaminess and toasted oak. The berries come in the mid-palate — reduced blackberries and cherries.

The back of the mid and roof then into the finish is red peppercorn, oak, and spice.

Finish – 92 out of 100 Points

It’s a peppercorn, oak, and toasted cloves party. The finish lingers then lingers more and tingles the top of the palate down the back of the throat. It reminded me of a spicy pop-rock.

A classic Kentucky hug.

Verdict – Silver 92 out of 100 Points

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It’s Weller 107 on the nose, hints of Weller 12 with the creamy mid-palate, and an oak and spice rave on the finish.

I wouldn’t complain about drinking more of this. If I had to find one thing, I’d say the complexity that’s present is solitary and a lot of divergent flavors don’t play together. A tad more balance with the sweet and spice on mid to finish would’ve taken this over the top.

As if you needed me to tell you, buy at retail if you can find it. (And send me a bottle along the way.)

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Weller Single Barrel Review

W.L. WELLER SINGLE BARREL

Weller Single Barrel
Weller Single BarrelDetails
ProductionWheated Bourbon
BarrelNew, Charred American Oak
MashbillUnknown
AgeN/A
Proof97°
ABV48.5%
Price$49.99
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
ProsN/A
ConsN/A
RatingN/A
InventoryN/A

According to Buffalo Trace,

William Larue Weller, born in 1825, spent most of his life educating the public on his first-of-its-kind bourbon recipe using wheat in the mash bill. Weller’s gentle, mild and smooth sipping experience changed whiskey as we know it. Handpicked and bottled one exceptional barrel at a time, this special release is bourbon to be savored. Delivering nuanced variations from the ageing process. For the refined bourbon palate, no two barrels are quite the same. Expect distinct, full-bodied flavor in the celebrated tradition of Weller’s wheated bourbon.

William Larue Weller (Buffalo Trace Antique Collection)

Every William Larue Weller Reviewed [2021]

William Larue Weller broke into the scene in 2005 as part of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. It is an uncut, unfiltered bourbon (that means it’s barrel proof and the fats aren’t filtered out). The age and the proof change from year to year as you can see below.

Awards

  • 2020 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Silver Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • “5 Stars – Highest Recommendation” – F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, December 2018
  • 2019 World Whisky of the Year – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2019 Bourbon of the Year – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2019 Finest Bourbon, No Age Statement, Multiple Barrels- Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2018 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2017 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • “5 Stars – Highest Recommendation” – F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, December 2016
  • 2017 Bourbon of the Year (2015 Release) – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2017 Third Best Whiskey in the World (2015 Release) – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2016 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2016 “#11 of F. Paul Pacult’s 24 Favorite Whiskeys of All-Time…Thus Far” – 2012 release
  • 2016 Bronze Medal, Best Non-Age Statement Bourbon – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2016 Best Bourbon, No Age Statement (Multiple Barrels)
  • 2016 Bourbon of the Year – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2016 Fourth Finest Whisky in the World – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2015 Silver Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2015 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2015 Bronze Medal, Best Bourbon – No Age Statement – World Whiskies Awards
  • 2015 Best Bourbon in the World – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2015 Second Finest Whisky in the World – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2013 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2013 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2013 Second Finest Whisky in the World – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2013 Bourbon of the Year – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2013 Best Bourbon-No Age Statement (Multiple Barrels) – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2013 Liquid Gold Award-97.5 points – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • 2012 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2012 Extraordinary-Ultimate Recommendation – Chairman’s Trophy Finalist – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 2012 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2012 Ramsay’s Dram Hogmanay Award (The “Hoggies”)
  • 2011 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2011 Excellent-Strong Recommendation – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 2011 Gold Medal – Best in Class – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2010 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2010 Excellent-Strong Recommendation – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 2010 Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2008 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2007 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2007 Silver Medal – Best in Class – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2006 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Weller Bourbon: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best Weller bourbon?

If you can find William Larue Weller do not pass it up. It is consistently great among the BTAC and stands head and shoulder above the other Weller expressions.

Now, what about the other Wellers not in BTAC? Check out these tasting:

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How much does Weller bourbon cost?

Depending on the expression, it ranges from $20 to $99 at MSRP.

  • Weller Special Reserve $19.99
  • Weller 12 Year $39.99
  • Weller Single Barrel $39.99
  • Weller Antique 107 $49.99
  • Weller Full Proof $49.99
  • Weller C.Y.P.B $39.99
  • William Larue Weller $99.99

Is Weller a good bourbon?

It is a well regard wheated bourbon. Our rankings are as follows

  • William Larue Weller – Platinum 98 out of 100 Points
  • Weller 12 Year – Gold 96 out of 100 Points
  • Weller Antique 107 – Gold 94 out of 100 Points
  • Weller Full Proof – Gold Gold 95 out of 100 Points
  • Weller C.Y.P.B – Gold 93 out of 100 Points
  • Weller Special Reserve – Silver 91 out of 100 Points
  • Weller Single BarrelComing Soon

Is Weller the same as Pappy?

Currently, the same mash bill is used to distill both wheated bourbons, but the warehouse location and floors may different. Pappy is generally aged on only the first floor which produces less fluctuation in temperate and fewer extremes for a more subtle and smoother bourbon.

What states sell Weller bourbon?

Weller is a nationally distributed bourbon but states like OH, TX, CA, and GA seem to get more than other states.

How do I find Weller bourbon?

Weller, like many allocated bourbons, can be hard to find. I would make three recommendations. First, get to know a local store. Buy from them. Talk with them. The whole nine yards. Second, join a local and/or national bourbon group. The community is tight-knit and once you’re in and make friends chances are you’ll find someone who can help you find one. Third, spend all of your time and energy hunting. Go door to door. Follow whiskeys delivery trucks. Sleep in your car. Don’t go to work. You get the picture. Not ideal.

Who is William Larue Weller?

According to the Buffalo Trace Distillery website,

Born in 1825, William Larue Weller was one of the early whiskey pioneers in Kentucky. After serving with the Louisville Brigade in the 1840’s, Weller returned to Louisville to open his wholesale liquor business. Weller developed his original bourbon recipe with wheat, rather than rye in the mash bill. Wheat is a soft grain providing his bourbon with a mild, gentle and smooth taste.

Weller is reported to have used the slogan “Honest Whiskey at an Honest Price.” He spent his lifetime educating consumers about the differences in his bourbon. William Larue Weller’s wheated bourbon became so popular, that Weller was forced to put a green thumbprint on barrels to ensure that customers were receiving the real deal.

Pappy Van Winkle eventually merged Weller’s namesake company with the A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery to form the Stitzel-Weller Distillery.

The legacy of William Larue Weller continues to be honored today with award-winning wheated bourbons such as Weller 12 Year, Weller Special Reserve and Weller 107 Antique.

Buffalo Trace Wheated Mash Bill Infographic

buffalo trace wheated mashbill and buffalo trace rye mashbill

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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Smoke Wagon Bourbon was founded by Aaron Chepenik and Jonathan Hensleigh in 2012 as part of Nevada H&C Distilling Co. They source their bourbon from Midwest Grain Products of Indiana (MGPI) using MGPI's 36% high rye bourbon mashbill. Chepenik was convinced you can develop a brand flavor...

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Booker’s Bourbon Batches | List of Booker’s Batches

Booker's bourbon batches are a barrel strength bourbon made by the Jim Beam distillery. It is uncut and unfiltered. It's generally aged 6 to 8 years with a proof upwards of 121. This is Booker Noe's bourbon, the famous master distiller of Jim Beam in the 80s. The brand was started by Booker Noe,...

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