W. L. Weller Single Barrel Review | Whiskey Raiders
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W. L. Weller Single Barrel

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    48.5%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
Synopsis:

A new kid on the block in the Weller catalogue from Buffalo Trace, Weller Single Barrel brings heaps of dessert, toffee, and bright fruits to the block party. Impressively complex on the palate, paired with a great mouth feel, this is a bottle to forsake many other Weller expressions in favor of.

  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Weller Single Barrel has all the hallmarks of other Weller bottlings; it’s easy to see why people love this stuff — it’s so soft, gentle, and creamy on the tongue, yet full of spice and life.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: It’s not so hot that it’ll blow out your palate, but you’ll want to savor its nuances, so drink it first. It didn’t didn’t make me stop in my tracks but I thought it was swell and it was something I’d bring out for people I liked.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is a very competent release, and I'd likely take it over a lot of the rest of the Weller catalogue on most days. The dessert quality paired well with rich fruits, and the mouth feel really sold me.
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  • Synopsis:

    A new kid on the block in the Weller catalogue from Buffalo Trace, Weller Single Barrel brings heaps of dessert, toffee, and bright fruits to the block party. Impressively complex on the palate, paired with a great mouth feel, this is a bottle to forsake many other Weller expressions in favor of.

  • Intro:

    Today's review comes to us in the form of a new, monstrously hyped release from Buffalo Trace. At this point most of the whiskey world is jaded towards new entries in the Weller portfolio, and I can understand why, but these still hold so much anticipation for me as we see new expressions that seem to round out features I don't love in Weller Antique and Special Reserve. This particular expression is W.L. Single Barrel - a no age statement wheated bourbon from Buffalo Trace that's bottled at 48.5% ABV. Let's dive on in.

  • Nose:

    Rich fruity nose, devoid of cinnamon and red hot candies. Much more fruity than expected - cherry, plum and berries pair well with a rich brown butter, toffee and caramel profile.

  • Taste:

    Sweet on the palate, and with a richer mouthfeel than expected. Coats really nicely, loaded with brown sugar, molasses, toffee and a cherry pie note. Rich baked bread, fruits, a hint of clove. This expression is pure dessert, with just enough oak to hold things together, and a mouth feel that's pretty impressive given the proof.

  • Finish:

    Long rich finished, a good deal of molasses, pepper and toffee here sees things depart very pleasantly.

  • Overall:

    I'm impressed and a bit surprised. This is a very competent release, and I'd likely take it over a lot of the rest of the Weller catalogue on most days. The dessert quality paired well with rich fruits, and the mouth feel really sold me.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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