W. L. Weller Special Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
91 points Distiller.com
"Nose is nice and sweet with honey, apples, leather. Palate is delightful with well balanced sweet/semispicy, caramel apple, vanilla, and shelled nuts. Finish is a little long, crisp and continues with shelled nuts and honey." Rob Morton
Weller Special Reserve is named after William Larue Weller. Weller is credited as being the first to make Bourbon with wheat and not rye. With wheat rather than rye, wheated Bourbons tend to be softer and sweeter. This bourbon was made at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery and then transitioned to Buffalo Trace where it’s made today with the same recipe.
Weller Special Reserve is thought to aged about 6-7 years. It used to have a 7-year age statement, but that was dropped recently. It’s bottled at 90-proof similar to Weller 12, although obviously Weller 12 is aged about twice as long. The other Weller here is Old Weller Antique which is bottled at 107-proof and aged about 6-7 years.