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Weller Special Reserve

  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    45%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: It’s not one I want in my glass everyday and when compared to it’s bigger brother the 107 and it’s pappy the 12 it comes across as unimpressive and a tad unbalanced. Though at only $17 a bottle it’s a good thing to keep around for great cocktails.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: Adding a few drops of water will boost the honey sweetness at first and add a touch of straw while settling down the cinnamon just a bit.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Enjoy the short bursts of crème brulee, praline, honey, Jolly Rancher watermelon candy, and a hint of nutmeg, because it’s not there long. You can see the potential.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Plain and simple, Weller Special Reserve is a pleasant, above average bourbon with a sweet flavor profile that is distributed with a reasonable MSRP.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The heat and cinnamon forward formula would make this a nice complement to many classic cocktail recipes, given the budget pricing, as well.
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  • Intro:

    This is the lower most entry in Buffalo Traces Weller line of expressions - wheated bourbons sold under the William Larue Weller (and various permutations) name.

  • Nose:

    Cinnamon, clove, red hot candies. Ethanol. Faint caramel.

  • Taste:

    Thin, hot cinnamon. Clove, pepper, faint oak. Bitter with mild astringency.

  • Finish:

    Short, hot. Cinnamon, faint caramel. Really one dimensional.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this is clearly young, and a bit too hot. A one noted profile also cripples it in comparison to other wheated bourbons I have tried and enjoyed. I would put this on par with Larceny and Old Fitzgerald Prime, but dont find it as good as Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond. The heat and cinnamon forward formula would make this a nice complement to many classic cocktail recipes, given the budget pricing, as well.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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