William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2016 Release

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The 2016 William Larue Weller release, part of Buffalo Trace’s lauded Antique Collection series.

This was the first release after Jim Murray’s 2016 Whisky Bible named the WLW the ‘Bourbon Of The Year’. A wheated bourbon, this is a 12-year-old distilled in 2003 and released in America’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 we’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:

“Fragrant 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.”

Distillation Notes:

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

Bottling Notes:

Barrel selection: 145 hand-picked barrels
Filtration: None
Product Age: 12 years and 7 months old at bottling
Tasting comment: “Plum, figs and vanilla”

Additional Information
SKU:
088004025953123
Group:
Whisky
Vintage:
2003
Type:
Whisky
Age:
12
Country:
USA
Region:
Kentucky
Style:
Bourbon
Size:
750ml
ABV:
67.7%
Producer:
Buffalo Trace