W. L. Weller Bourbon Review

by Ernie Ayres on December 18, 2012

Since my wife was going to be out of town on a “girl-cation”, whatever the heck that means, I thought that this would be the perfect time to invite a friend over for dinner and do a little whiskey tasting. I was originally going to do this review on Four Roses Yellow Label, one of my favorites. However, when he pulled out his stash of whiskey I noticed the bottle of W. L. Weller 12 Year Old. I have been wanting to try that for some time so this seemed like the time to do a W. L. Weller Bourbon Review.

W L Weller Bourbon Whiskey review

Side note: W. L. Weller Bourbon is owned and made by Sazerac, the fine folks that bring us Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

I don’t remember ever having a wheat bourbon before. I usually get hung up on rye whiskeys, especially bourbon because of the spicy rye bite.  With that in mind and no idea how this was going to go, I dove in.

The bottle is a classic whiskey bottle shape, nothing special here. The label includes the W. L. Weller logo that is printed in a nice script directly on the bottle which I thought has a nice and simple look. All in all, I would probably overlook it on the whiskey aisle unless I was specifically looking for it.

I really like the color. It’s the bronze amber that I associate with a good bourbon.

With most bourbons, you will get a sweet nose with a heavy rye bite. W. L. Weller is completely different! I got a sweet caramel with a nice aroma of cereal, oak and a faint sniff of alcohol. With a splash of water the sweet was still up front but the cereal disappeared and was replaced by a spicy oak. Very nice!

The taste was very similar to the nose. Sweet caramel, a little wheat and spice with only a hint of the oak. Adding a splash of water eased the alcohol bite and enhanced the sweetness. The allspice and oak were still faintly there but then I got a little floral flavor as well.

I could easily drink this with a meal, while playing cards, or just hanging out. It is a good whiskey to keep for every day drinking but could easily dress up a notch when needed.

W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon gets 9.5 out of 10 Noses. With a price point of $25 and its versatility, I think just about anyone from the seasoned whiskey aficionado to the complete noob would find this to be a fantastic pour. And it would probably go well in the Eggnog recipe from last week’s Whiskey Wednesday Roundtable.

You can buy a bottle here: W. L. Weller 12 year old Bourbon 750ml

I would be interested to hear if anyone has had this and loved it or had a different opinion. Leave your comments below!

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