W. L. Weller 12 year old Bourbon 750ml (one bottle limit)

SKU #630027 Whisky Advocate

 A “wheated” bourbon, meaning that it doesn’t have the spicy rye notes found in a more traditional “ryed” bourbon. A pleasantly sweet, easy-going, well-balanced experience. Creamy vanilla, caramel, candied corn, and ripe berried fruit , along with more subtle notes of glazed orange, cocoa powder, and wood shavings. If I were going to ease a new bourbon drinker into the category, I might pick this one.

K&L Notes

"From its deep, bronze color to its initial aromas of lanolin, almond oil and creamed corn, this tipple delights! A second sniff highlights the oily grainy quality that's firm and pungent, this one's a high-spirited, lusciously toasty, and animated bouquet that has top-notch Bourbon written all over it. The dry, complex, and toasty palate entry is reminiscent of the Centennial 10 Year Old's. The mid-palate flavor profile is heavily wheated (like Wheat Thins crackers), oily, layer, moderately sweet and sap-like. The finish is long, sweet, oaky, and intensely grainy; follows in the footprints of the legendary Centennial and delivers the goods, all for an unbelievable price." (Paul Pacult, The Spirit Journal)

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/1/2013  | Send Email
With Pappy Van Winkle completely out of the question at K&L (we get about 6 bottles a year), it's nice to know that Weller 12 is still available and at a killer price. The PVW whiskies are really just different versions of Weller 12 in different bottles. Both are made at Buffalo Trace distillery from the exact same wheated formula (using corn and wheat, rather than corn and rye). The only difference is that the Van Winkles pick their own casks. What's leftover goes into the Weller whiskies. The 12 year is the oldest and richest of the three selections and is one of the best kept secrets in the industry. Don't tell too many people about it!

By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2013  | Send Email
So here is Kentucky's best kept secret. The Weller brand is one of the most historically important in Bourbon history. Before prohibition, Weller & Sons was a prominent distributor of whiskey. The details are a bit sketchy, but by the end of prohibition a gentlemen names J.P. Van Winkle is running Weller. He was a salesmen for the company and soon after repeal, Weller merges with Stitzel and begins constructing a distillery in Shively, Southwest of Louisville. The whiskey produced there would become legendary, bottled under the Old Fitzegerald label. Today, the distillery at Shively is closed, but the brand and the legacy live on through the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfurt. This wheated bourbon his from the same stocks and warehouses that provide juice for the wildly popular Van Winkle 12 year. In other words for $25.99, this is one of the best values in bourbon period and offers any person a glimpse into the most hyped and hard to find bourbon on the planet, Pappy Van Winkle.

 By: mfmh1980 |  Review Date: 5/18/2013 
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This is a great value in wheated bourbon. Rich and decadent, with lots of sweet caramel and butterscotch. I am almost tempted to pour it on vanilla ice cream. A poor man's Pappy Van Winkle. Blows away the Weller 107 for only a few dollars more. Not an everyday drinker, but great for when you're in the mood for something a little sweeter. Would make a great beginner's bourbon for someone scared of the brown stuff.

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Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 40