William Larue Weller 2016

WLW 2016

MSRP: $90 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Frankfort, Kentucky

67.7% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years , 7 Months

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace wheated mashbill

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Rich Mahogany

Nose: Very sweet and alcohol forward nose. Loaded up on vanilla and Caramel. Bites of oak and baking spice.

Taste: Toasted marshmallows and graham cracker, reminds me a bit of smores with dark chocolate. Then the black pepper spice from the ABV kicks in with cinnamon and oak. Cloves and butterscotch. Syrupy in texture.

Finish: Very warm, the syrup dries out and leaves a faint maple note. Honey, toasted nuts, and cracked wheat.

Thoughts: This is the second BTAC I’ve ever tried and this year it deserves at least some of the hype. When compared against the Pappy 15 I tried this year, the WLW is less complex in the nose, far more oily and spicy. The oak was far more prominent in the Pappy, but this was sweeter. I enjoyed both, but as with the Pappy, I wouldn’t pay secondary prices for any of this stuff, its good, but not $200+ good.

Score: 89 out of 100

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