Single malt whisky - tasting notes

28 Mar 2009

William Larue Weller

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * USA

This whiskey is produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort (USA), home of numerous other great whiskies such as Buffalo Trace, George T Stagg, Eagle Rare, Blanton’s, Sazerac… William Larue Weller is a wheated bourbon (made from corn + wheat instead of corn + rye or barley) and is part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.

William Larue Weller 62.65%
William Larue Weller 
(62,65%, OB 2008, 3rd release)

Nose: BIG nose, resinous and spicy (cinnamon, vanilla). Dried figs and raisins. Pine trees. Notes of nuts, cigar box, tobacco and something of paint / nail polish remover. Really powerful and full. Mouth: dark, toasted notes, still hints of paint (don’t get me wrong, these are not necessarily off-notes, they are quite pleasant). Caramel, vanilla, lots of charred oak. Maple syrup, peppermint. Quite smokey. Finish: warm but maybe a bit short. Hints of chocolate, vanilla pudding and dark fruit.

Bourbon on steroids. Perfect after a strong chocolate mousse. Around € 120.

Score: 87/100.

William Larue Weller 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-03-28
  • Jorgen

    “Perfect after a strong chocolate mousse….”

    deal!!! 😉

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  • Jeff H.

    Nice notes, Ruben. I just reserved a bottle of the 2009 release and look forward to trying it.

    One minor correction…there IS barley in WLW. On the official distillery fact sheet, they list the grains as:
    Large Grain: Kentucky corn, distiller’s grade #1 and #2
    Small Grain: North Dakota Wheat
    Finish Grain: North Dakota Malted Barley

    They don’t say what the percentages are, but most wheated and rye bourbons do contain all three. Another wheated bourbon, Maker’s Mark, is said to contain around 75% corn, 15% wheat, and 10% barley.




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