After serving in the Louisville Brigade during the Mexican-American war, William Larue Weller returned home to his native Kentucky. His family had helped settle Kentucky in the late 18th century, and his grandfather, Daniel Weller, purchased a distillery in Nelson County in 1800. (When Daniel Weller died, his estate was inventoried and was said to contain three whiskey barrels, two stills, one mash kettle and numerous dry kegs.)
Upon his return to Kentucky following the war, W.L. Weller joined the family business and began working at his grandfather's distillery. Weller had a sharp palate and a keen sense for business and in 1849, he introduced the first bourbon ever that used wheat as its secondary grain instead of rye. Wheated bourbons (including Pappy Van Winkle and Larceny Bourbon, which eventually imitated W.L. Weller's mashbill) have a softer and more gentle flavor profile as compared to bourbons that use rye as their secondary grain, and have a slightly sweeter taste. Weller's bourbon was incredibly popular in antebellum America and ultimately forced him to place a green thumbprint on his invoices and barrels as a certificate of authenticity.
Made in homage to one of bourbon's original aristocrats, W.L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon continues to be crafted using Weller's wheated bourbon recipe. Aged for a minimum of 12 years, the bourbon has an aroma of creamy vanilla, caramel and molasses that gives way to notes of candied corn, ripe fruits, cocoa powder and dried fruits on the palate. The finish, which is elegant and soft, has hints of mint, fruit and vanilla. W.L. Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and earned a score of 93.5 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. In addition, it earned a score of 96-100 points from Wine Enthusiast.
Old Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is also a wheated bourbon that, after maturing for seven years, is bottled at cask strength (107 proof). It has a medium-amber hue, with an aroma of creamy vanilla and roasted nuts. Full-bodied, the bourbon has notes of honeyed fruits, vanilla and caramel that lead to a long and slightly spicy finish, and was called a "very well-crafted whiskey"by Wine Enthusiast.
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12 Year: 90 (45% ABV); Antique: 107 (53.5% ABV)
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12 Year: Aroma of creamy vanilla, caramel and molasses that gives way to notes of candied corn, ripe fruits, cocoa powder and dried fruits on the palate. Finish, which is elegant and soft, has hints of mint, fruit and vanilla.