William Larue Weller, was an early bourbon distiller who was
the first to swap wheat for rye in his bourbon’s mash bill. He was one half of
the Stitzel-Weller distillery (the other being Pappy Van Winkle). Wheated
bourbons tend to a be a bit softer, a bit fruitier, and a bit sweeter than rye
bourbons, and some say they stand up better to prolonged aging. In 1849, at a
time when other distillers were producing "rye" bourbons, William LaRue Weller
bottled his proprietary blend of corn, malted barley and wheat. The result was a
smoother sipping whiskey that offered a unique richness to bourbon's traditional
Today, W.L. Weller Special Reserve Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is still
handcrafted according to the original Weller wheated recipe by Buffalo Trace
Distillery in Franklin County, Kentucky. Twenty two white oak barrels were aged
12 years on the fifth floor of Warehouse M, then bottled straight from the
barrel, unfiltered. Just over half the original spirit was lost to evaporation.
W.L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has aromas of
honey, figs and dates, and perfumed oaky vanillas. Its taste is delicate, yet
buttery rich with overtones of liquorice and toffee and a long sweet finish. The
Weller releases are coveted as “baby Pappy” due to their similar mashbills.
William Larue Weller Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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William Larue Weller is the only wheated bourbon in the
Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. It’s bottled at barrel-strength. This bottling
is an uncut and unfiltered, Limited Edition Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight
The glass bottle is designed to showcase the whiskey's dark
and rich color. Every case has been hand bottled and labeled to ensure the
highest quality finish.
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