Distiller: Buffalo Trace
What does the distiller say: “Uncut and unfiltered, this hand-bottled bourbon is barrel proof. Weller substitutes wheat for the traditional rye grain, a production method pioneered by W.L. Weller.”
Age: 12 Years (or so we’ve been told)
Color: ( 93 )
Dark and rich, like the leather it brings to mind!
Nose: ( 94 / 100 )
Pronounced tobacco with modest notes of leather and caramel
Taste: ( 94 / 100 )
The front is wonderfully balanced between the savory leather and oak elements, and the sweetness of butterscotch and bread pudding. The mid-palate develops some of that high proof burn while elevating the sweeter components.
Finish: ( 94 / 100 )
Long and satisfying, the sweetness slowly recedes to relinquish the spotlight once again to components of savory leather and oak.
Overall Rating: ( 94 / 100 ) Buy (Until you can’t buy any more!)
We’ve got just three words for you: A-Maz-Ing! The 2013 William Larue Weller surpasses the 2012 offering by striking a cleaner balance between the savory flavors of leather and oak (which the 2012 had in spades) and the sweeter notes that became the star of the mid-palate. Excellent in every way, our initial response was to rate this at #2, just behind the Sazerac 18, but further reflection put them in a dead heat!