Our most anticipated barrel pick of the year is the Weller Full Proof Single Barrel Select. As is the case with most Buffalo Trace distillery products, Weller Full Proof is a rarity to come across. A single barrel private select is even harder to come by. Luckily, we had the opportunity to select our very own single barrel from the comfort of our couches last year, and after many delays, it has finally arrived. This may very well be our favorite Weller Full Proof barrel pick yet. We appreciate your loyalty to our Whiskey Club and are excited to offer this pick to our club members.
Brendon Pineda, Spirits, Beer and Wine Enthusiast
Weller Full Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel Select #302 | 57% ABV | Approximately 8 years age
Location: Frankfort, KY
Lot: 14-I-18- Location: M-5-66
Buffalo Trace Distillery is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America, and also has one of the largest families of homegrown brands in any industry. Their line includes several brands, collections, and expressions, including W. L. Weller, that have earned some of the highest accolades in the industry.
In 1849, William Larue Weller began his career as a wholesale whiskey dealer and distiller carrying on the legacy started by his paternal grandfather and his maternal great-grandfather. Weller first started W.L. Weller & Brothers with his younger sibling Charles before changing the name to W.L. Weller & Sons. Weller continued to grow his whiskey business over the years, gaining interest in his products and processes, and becoming a prominent whiskey brand.
In 1893 Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle Sr. was hired onto W.L. Weller & Sons as a whiskey salesman. After W.L. Weller’s passing in 1899, Pappy and his co-worker Alex Farnsley purchased the company in 1908. George Weller, William’s oldest son, remained President of the company until the beginning of Prohibition when Pappy and Farnsley decided to merge with Arthur Stitzel of A. PH. Stitzel Distillery to create Stitzel-Weller Distillery which opened on Derby Day of 1935.
Stitzel-Weller quickly became known for its wheated bourbon recipe using wheat instead of rye in the mash for a softer, smoother taste.
The legacy of William Larue Weller continues to be honored today with award-winning wheated bourbons such as his namesake William Larue Weller, Weller 12 Year, Weller Special Reserve and Weller 107 Antique.
Weller Full Proof is bottled at the same 114 proof the spirit was when it entered the barrel, this non-chill filtered wheated bourbon forgoes chill filtration to preserve all the naturally occurring residual oils and flavors that occur during the distillation and aging process.
Price: $95 per bottle for club members
Aroma: notes of dark roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, fudge brownies, peanut butter cookie, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate-covered blueberries, faint oak
Taste: a soft warm entry, viscous, dark chocolate, coffee bean, and barrel char
Finish: long, lingering spice