William Larue Weller
Over the past year, The Bourbon Guys have had the honor of tasting many great and different bourbons. As a follow up to last year’s “Sweet 16 of American Whiskey” we have decided to share our list of Sweet Sixteen Bourbons for 2013 and 2014. Once again we also wanted to release this list in honor of March Madness. We see this as fitting because it’s the start of the NCAA Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 and because we are likely to stir up a little “Madness” with our choices. Continue reading
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!