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Every William Larue Weller Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Jan 13, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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William Larue Weller is an uncut and unfiltered wheated bourbon. In its inception, it was called Weller 19 but was discontinued for five years and re-introduced as William Larue Weller in the Fall of 2005 (with an average of 12 years 5 months). Most whiskey experts suggest the partnership with Julian Van Winkle III in 2002 led to the re-imagining of the Weller BTAC. The premium aged wheated whiskeys reserve was set aside for Pappy bourbon, and William Larue Weller was born. Which is the best William Larue Weller year? My personal favorite has been 2019, but I’m on a mission to give you a more data-based answer!

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William Larue Weller Analysis

William Larue Weller

WLW DetailsFacts
Mashbill
Large GrainKentucky Corn: Distillers Grade 1 and 2
Small GrainNorth Dakota Wheat
Finish GrainNorth Dakota Malted Barley
Fermentation
Milling Screen#10
Cook Temp240 Degrees Fahrenheit
WaterKY Limestone with Reverse Osmosis
FermentationCarbon Steel/Black Iron Fermenter
MashSour
Distillation
DistillationDouble Distilled
Beer Still and Doubler
Off the Still130 Proof
In the Barrel114 Proof
In the BottleVaries by Year
BarrelNew, White Oak
#4 Alligator Char (55 Seconds)
Barrel MakerIndependent Stave Co
712 East Main
Lebanon, KY 40033
Barrel Size53 Liquid Gallons
66.25 Original Proof Gallons
FiltrationNon-Chill Filtered (NCF)



William Larue Weller 2020 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2020
YearAverage2020
Age12.5412.6
Evaporation Loss58.55%73.00%
Proof129.76134.50
Proof +/-N/A4.74
WarehouseN/AWarehouses I & C
FloorsN/A3rd, 5th, and 6th Floors
# of Barrels68.50N/A

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WLW 2020 Awards

  • 2020 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

William Larue Weller 2019 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2019
YearAverage2019
Age12.5412.6
Evaporation Loss58.55%57.00%
Proof129.76128.00
Proof +/-N/A-1.76
WarehouseN/AWarehouse I
FloorsN/A2nd and 3rd Floors
# of Barrels68.50N/A

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WLW 2019 Awards

  • 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

William Larue Weller 2018 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2018
YearAverage2018
Age12.5416.6
Evaporation Loss58.55%56.90%
Proof129.76125.70
Proof +/-N/A-4.06
WarehouseN/AWarehouses C, I, K, L, M, & Q
FloorsN/A2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Floors
# of Barrels68.50149

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WLW 2018 Awards

  • “5 Stars – Highest Recommendation” – F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, December 2018
  • 2018 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

William Larue Weller 2017 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2017
YearAverage2017
Age12.5412.6
Evaporation Loss58.55%54.08%
Proof129.76128.20
Proof +/-N/A-1.56
WarehouseN/AWarehouses D, I, & P
FloorsN/A1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Floors
# of Barrels68.50155

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WLW 2017 Awards

  • 2017 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 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

William Larue Weller 2016 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2016
YearAverage2016
Age12.5412.7
Evaporation Loss58.55%65.40%
Proof129.76135.40
Proof +/-N/A5.64
WarehouseN/AWarehouses D, K, & L
FloorsN/A3rd and 6th Floors
# of Barrels68.50145

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WLW 2016 Awards

  • “5 Stars – Highest Recommendation” – F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal, December 2016
  • 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

William Larue Weller 2015 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2015
YearAverage2015
Age12.5412.3
Evaporation Loss58.55%72.30%
Proof129.76134.60
Proof +/-N/A4.84
WarehouseN/AWarehouses I, K, & L
FloorsN/A2nd and 6th Floors
# of Barrels68.50105

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WLW 2015 Awards

  • 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

William Larue Weller 2014 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2014
YearAverage2014
Age12.5412.3
Evaporation Loss58.55%62.30%
Proof129.76140.20
Proof +/-N/A10.44
WarehouseN/AWarehouses D, K, & L
FloorsN/A2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Floors
# of Barrels68.5039

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William Larue Weller 2013 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2013
YearAverage2013
Age12.5412.1
Evaporation Loss58.55%55.30%
Proof129.76136.20
Proof +/-N/A6.44
WarehouseN/AWarehouses M &P
FloorsN/A3rd and 4th Floor
# of Barrels68.5039

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WLW 2013 Awards

  • 2013 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2013 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2013 Extraordinary
  • 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

William Larue Weller 2012 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2012
YearAverage2012
Age12.5412.4
Evaporation Loss58.55%56.60%
Proof129.76123.40
Proof +/-N/A-6.36
WarehouseN/AWarehouses P & I
FloorsN/A2nd and 4th Floor
# of Barrels68.5049

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WLW 2012 Awards

  • 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”)

William Larue Weller 2011 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2011
YearAverage2011
Age12.5412.11
Evaporation Loss58.55%57.20%
Proof129.76133.50
Proof +/-N/A3.74
WarehouseN/AWarehouses N, O, & P
FloorsN/A4th and 5th Floor
# of Barrels68.5045

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WLW 2011 Awards

  • 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

William Larue Weller 2010 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2010
YearAverage2010
Age12.5412.3
Evaporation Loss58.55%55.50%
Proof129.76126.60
Proof +/-N/A-3.16
WarehouseN/AWarehouses I & P
FloorsN/A4th and 9th Floors
# of Barrels68.5055

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WLW 2010 Awards

  • 2010 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2010 Excellent-Strong Recommendation – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 2010 Bronze Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition

William Larue Weller 2009 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2009
YearAverage2009
Age12.5411
Evaporation Loss58.55%57.20%
Proof129.76134.80
Proof +/-N/A5.04
WarehouseN/AWarehouses N & O
FloorsN/A5th Floor
# of Barrels68.5041

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William Larue Weller 2008 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2008
YearAverage2008
Age12.5411.2
Evaporation Loss58.55%52.05%
Proof129.76125.30
Proof +/--4.46
WarehouseWarehouse I
Floors9th Floor
# of Barrels68.5040

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WLW 2008 Awards

  • 2008 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

William Larue Weller 2007 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2007
YearAverage2007
Age12.5410.3
Evaporation Loss58.55%53.27%
Proof129.76117.90
Proof +/--11.86
WarehouseWarehouse I
Floors9th Floor
# of Barrels68.5034

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WLW 2007 Awards

  • 2007 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2007 Silver Medal – Best in Class – International Wine & Spirits Competition

William Larue Weller 2006 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2005
YearAverage2006
Age12.5415.3
Evaporation Loss58.55%50.64%
Proof129.76129.90
Proof +/-0.14
WarehouseWarehouse M
Floors5th Floor
# of Barrels68.5022

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WLW 2006 Awards

  • 2006 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition

William Larue Weller 2005 Review

William Larue Weller (BTAC) 2005
YearAverage2005
Age12.5412.2
Evaporation Loss58.55%58.04%
Proof129.76121.90
Proof +/--7.86
WarehouseWarehouse Q
Floors5th Floor
# of Barrels68.5041

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Weller 19 Fall 2002 to 2000 Guide

Weller 19

William Larue Weller Analysis
YearProofAge
2000 – Weller 199019 yr
2001 – Weller 199019 yr
2002 Spring – Weller 199019 yr
2002 Fall – Weller 199019 yr

Weller 19 was first released in the fall of 2000 and was promptly canceled after Buffalo Trace reached an agreement with the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and Julian Van Winkle III (or at least that’s what the bourbon nerds say). Releases included:

  • Weller 19 Fall 2002
  • Weller 19 Spring 2002
  • Weller 19 2001
  • Weller 19 2000 | Review

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