The 2016 William Larue Weller release, part of Buffalo Traceâ€™s lauded Antique Collection series.
This was the first release after Jim Murrayâ€™s 2016 Whisky Bible named the WLW the â€˜Bourbon Of The Yearâ€™. A wheated bourbon, this is a 12-year-old distilled in 2003 and released in Americaâ€™s Fall 2016.
It is released at 135.2 proof, 67.7%, the highest ABV of recent releases.
Very small allocation into Australia initially, very last bottles weâ€™ll see of this archive release. The Antique Collection series of whiskies are some of the most sought after whiskies in the world, let alone bourbons.
Official tasting notes:
â€œFragrant scents of caramel corn, new leather, plums, light toffee and pipe tobacco. The palate tastes of marshmallow, salted almonds, nougat, figs and dates. This whiskey finishes smooth, composed and flavourfully sweet.â€
Distillation: Double Distilled; beer still and doubler
Proof off still: 130 Proof
Barrel: New, White Oak; #4 Char; Charred for 55 second
Barrel maker: Independent Stave; Lebanon KY
Barrel entry proof: 114 proof
Barrel size: 53 liquid gallons; 66.25 Original Proof Gallons
Warehouse: Warehouses D, Kand L
Floor: 3rd and 6th
Evaporation loss: 65.4% of the original whiskey lost to evaporation
Barrel selection: 145 hand-picked barrels
Product Age: 12 years and 7 months old at bottling
Tasting comment: â€œPlum, figs and vanillaâ€
- Buffalo Trace