Score: 8.7 / 10
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Type: Wheated Kentucky Straight
Here we go again with hard to find Buffalo Trace allocated whiskey, HA! Great by itself, but also a key ingredient for poor man's Pappy. (I don't know the exact ratio between OWA and W12), but that's the recipe. We sat down a while ago and tried the full Weller lineup available at the time on our Po It Up whiskey podcast. You can listen to that specific episode here.
Overall, there is no doubt that Buffalo Trace puts our some of the best whiskey brands. Old Weller Antique (OWA) is definitely no exception. However, I think we are all in agreement over here, that this bottle is too sought after for what it is. Which is why when we get a chance, we like to send bottles like this out to our fans for the big old cost of FREE - FIDDY! As I type this we are doing exactly this. Stay tuned and find all kinds of good giveaways.
If you love this expression, I would recommend some of the other competitors on the market if you're not willing to put in the work to get this one. Any Maker's premium offering, especially the limited release of RC6 or the new SE4-PR5. Larceny Barrel Proof, and any Old Fitzgeralds etc. Enjoy!
Nose: Heavy brown sugar right out of the gates. Toasted oak, subtle lime, blackberry, birthday cake, and a very light mint in the background.
Palate: Prickly cherry as wheated expression can often run a bit hotter for their proof. Dark berries remain from the nose, light cinnamon mixed with a very nice sugary sweetness.
Finish: Medium length. Toasted oak still prevails, tannic leather, then brown sugar pops back into the scene. Overall very flavorful but a bit hot on the finish
S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Notes: Availability? Rare. You will likely need to grab this during an event if you don't have stellar connections or don't care what the secondary price is. At the writing of this I would say it's about $100, vs MSRP of $50.
If you take the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection's William LaRrue Weller out the race (Which might be the best bourbon I've ever had, and I've Po'd a lot!), this is our favorite Weller expression.