Weller Full Proof


William Larue Weller developed his original bourbon recipe with wheat, rather than rye. Bottled at the same 114 proof in which it was entered into the barrel, this non-chill filtered wheated bourbon forgoes chill filtration to preserve all the naturally occurring residual oils and flavors that occur during the distillation and aging process (potentially making it appear cloudy at cold temperatures). This bourbon balances a rich mouthfeel, with robust notes of vanilla and oak. A whiskey that satisfies the demand of the non-chill filtered whiskey enthusiasts, honoring the man who made wheated bourbon legendary.

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      The Weller Full Proof  whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Buffalo Trace. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

The much anticipated release of W.L. Weller Full Proof is here. After much speculation, Buffalo Trace opted to give the coveted wheated mash bill bourbon series a barrel strength, non-chill filtered bottling, retaining all of the oily flavorful goodness allegedly lost in the chill-filtration process. Weller in general is said to share a similar mash bill to the unicorn-like Pappy Van Winkle, and is sure to garner its share of collection fever in some whiskey corners.

Weller Full Proof’s full proof 0f 114 ( meaning it enters the barrel at 114 proof), or 57% ABV, is fairly robust in contrast to the more standard Weller 12 Year release, which clocks in at 90 proof. The folks at Buffalo Trace went this route, they say, because “bourbon drinkers are asking us for high proof and non-chill filtered bourbon more and more. Bar owners and liquor stores who have selected barrels of Weller over the years will regularly request their bourbon to be non-chill filtered. It will be nice to offer Weller Full Proof as an option.”

Word is this bourbon will be released just once a year in limited quantities. The bottle it is housed in will contain a cork stopper, and the overall presentation for this whiskey may be appealing to the eye for some. The price for waller proof is fair enough  but secondary markets and some retailers may choose to bump that price up by a bit or more.

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, that is owned by the Sazerac Company. It has historically been known by several names, including the George T. Stagg Distillery and the Old Fire Copper Distillery.


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