Weller Full Proof Barrel Pick

Weller Full Proof Barrel Picks Tasting [Review]

by | Oct 6, 2019 | Brands, Barrel Pick, Buffalo Trace, Distillery, Small Batch | 0 comments

For any bourbon nerd, Weller needs no introduction. The brand has expanded the last two years — from the original trinity of Weller Special Reserve, Antique 107, and 12 Year to now include CYBP (last year) and Full Proof (June 2019).

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.

It’s hard to judge Weller Full Proof on a barrel pick but if this pick is any indication of the type of flavor development we can expect from Full Proof I’d say we have a wheated bourbon that bourbon geeks will be hunting and enjoying for years to come (especially when you can find it at retail or close).

Check out the video below for a tasting review of the standard release:

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Weller Full Proof Bourbon Bottle Shop Tasting

Suggested MSRP$49.99
DistilleryBuffalo Trace
BrandWL Weller
ProsComplex and Full Flavor
ConsGuitar Solos Instead Orchestrated Complexity

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.

Weller Bourbon in the Glass

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

Nose (95 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 Points)

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

Initial pop is creaminess and toasted oak. The berries come in the mid palate — reduced black berries and cherries.

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

Finish (96 Points)

It’s a peppercorn, oak, and toasted cloves party. The finish linger 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 (The Bourbon Bard Gold 93)

It’s Weller 107 on the nose, hints of Weller 12 with the creamy mid palate, and a 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.)

I’m hopefully to do a tasting on the standard Weller Full Proof shortly.

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