The Weller line up of wheated bourbons sits in a bit of a storied place these days amongst all of the Buffalo Trace offerings, with new releases that come to market, particularly those more limited in scope such as the Full Proof bourbon that first debuted last year, in high demand. Now another annual expression, this time in the form of a single barrel whiskey, is set to hit retail.
The new Weller Single Barrel bourbon, according to those behind it, will give Weller lovers a chance to experience this whiskey in a single barrel form. It is said by Buffalo Trace to be “handpicked and bottled one exceptional barrel at a time, this special release is bourbon to be savored. Delivering nuanced variations from the aging process.
“For the refined bourbon palate, no two barrels are quite the same. Expect distinct, full-bodied flavor in the celebrated tradition of Weller’s wheated bourbon.”
“Many of our Weller fans have been asking for a single barrel bourbon for quite a while,” said Joshua Steely, Buffalo Trace marketing manager, bourbon, in a prepared statement, “and we’ve planned for this addition for a number of years, so we’re excited to be able to make this happen.
“Our rye bourbon mash bill has a variety of options, like Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Stagg Jr. George T. Stagg and E.H. Taylor, Jr. bourbons, so it’s nice to be able to offer some variety in our wheated bourbon mash bill as well.”
Plans call for this first Weller Single Barrel bourbon to be bottled at 97 proof and priced at around $50 per 750 ml bottle. It will be available starting in June in limited quantities. It joins other Weller expressions in that line up, which also includes the Weller Special Reserve, Weller Antique 107, Weller 12 years old, Weller Full Proof, Weller Craft Your Perfect Bourbon and William Larue Weller, which is part of the Antique Collection, released each fall.
Official tasting notes from Buffalo Trace for the new expression describe the Weller Single Barrel “as having a nose of cherry and mint, fading to vanilla. Caramel and baking spices with hints of cocoa explode on the palate, with a finish of cinnamon, coffee, and a hint of pepper.”
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