I’m excited to make comparisons between products because it not only highlights the characteristics of each whiskey, but it also affords me a chance to dig a bit deeper into the essence of each expression to suss out the notes I really love (see my ten bottle review comparison of Willett for more). I feel like I learn as much about my palate as I do about the whiskey when I make these comparisons, and today’s lineup should be a good one. Per usual, I like to do a little background check on the whiskey and provide some information for you, the reader, so you can see what the brand has to say about the product before I start rambling on about what I think. Here is what the Buffalo Trace Distillery’s website says about the newest offering in the Weller lineup:
William Larue Weller, born in 1825, spent most of his life educating the public on his first-of-its-kind bourbon recipe using wheat in the mash bill. Weller’s gentle, mild and smooth sipping experience changed whiskey as we know it. Handpicked and bottled one exceptional barrel at a time, this special release is bourbon to be savored. Delivering nuanced variations from the ageing process. For the refined bourbon palate, no two barrels are quite the same. Expect distinct, full-bodied flavor in the celebrated tradition of Weller’s wheated bourbon.
Putting these to products in the ring against one another may offer a slight imbalance. While they are both single barrel offerings, the Weller Antique is offered at 107 proof, whereas the Weller Single Barrel is 97 proof. Will ten proof points make a difference in the end results? Let’s have a few pours and find out.