Weller 12 Year Bourbon

Weller 12 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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Weller 12 Year Bourbon

Country: USA – Kentucky
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Type: Straight Bourbon
Age: 12
Cask: American Oak
ABV: 45%
Proof: 90
Price: $30 (MSRP)

Nose: Candied orange, nutmeg, oak spice, licorice

Palate: Chewy and vanilla, oak tannins, cherries, milk chocolate, cinnamon

Finish: Peppers, oak spices, licorice, caramel bar

Weller 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon was my first Weller Bourbon ever. I remember that I really enjoyed my first bottle and I was lucky to get a couple more at $40 line.

We have a very traditional high wheated bourbon with a good maturation numbers of 12 years, which is not that common among wheated bourbons. With Weller 12 Year, I actually like the velvety texture on the palate that also releases a balanced combination of oak tannins, milk chocolate and cinnamon. Nose is quite traditional and finish is a standard spicy finish.

I believe Weller and MSRP will just follow Pappy and MSRP from now on. I don’t believe none of those brands are worth what they are all sold on the market. Currently, I am seeing Weller 12 Year for $250 on a short web search which was almost causing me to stop writing this post.

Weller 12 is a good bourbon, it has traditional character of a high wheat mash bill with a good palate but nothing extraordinary. Weller 12 is nowhere close to the complexity of Weller Full Proof, but it can be discussed as a darker and more viscous Weller C.Y.P.B

And I am just writing because it needs to be written, Weller 12 is also considered to be a close contender to Van Wine Lot “B” 12 Year Old. Having tasted them both on numerous occasions, I believe this is an understandable statement. I still can say that most of the Weller bottles are worth more than their MSRP numbers but definitely not worth few hundreds asked in the market today. Same goes for Lot ‘B”. Hence, I would also choose Weller 12 to VW Lot ‘B”.

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