I was finally able to get bottle of WL Weller 12 year to complete my set so it’s time to do the Weller Triple Review Shootout! I first had the Weller Antique 107 at drink.well and over the last couple months have been able to get all 3 bottles from various local liquor stores. For this review I’ve upgraded to a set of Glencairns from my old High West neat glass.
Abv: 90 proof (45% ABV)
Color: A medium gold like liquid honey
Nose: Primarily caramel with a bit of something I can’t place. I think it’s a bit earthy?
Taste: A little more watery than I thought it was going to be especially given the slightly higher proof. The caramel is still there but less present than it was in the nose. The something earthy from the nose starts to come through as wood notes
Finish: The wood notes crescendo here and there is just a touch of spice on the finish
Nose: Just a touch sweet and touch woody
Taste: Very watery but still sweet with caramel notes.
Finish: Short and spicy. A nice surprise.
Abv: 107 proof (53.5% ABV)
Color: A darker gold, very appealing
Nose: Vanilla and floral honey
Taste: Smooth and sweet especially up front; more vanilla and honey. Spicy notes build as you go especially on subsequent sips
Finish: Decently lingering Baking spice and something festive. Nutmeg or cinnamon perhaps?
Nose: Smooth vanilla notes, any traces of something floral are gone
Taste: All vanilla, all over your mouth
Finish: Less lingering but still nice a spicy
Abv: 90 proof (45% ABV)
Age: 12 years
Color: Surprisingly about the same as the Special Reserve
Nose: Rich and sweet predominantly vanilla with strong caramel supporting notes
Taste: Sweet and smooth with a bit of oak but I don’t get a particular type of sweet
Finish: A very nice combination of smooth and sweet with clear oak notes, surprisingly long for such a subtly flavored finish
Nose: A more subtle caramel note
Taste: Delicious a brilliantly balanced combination of caramel and oak
Finish: Unfortunately dampened and shortened by the ice but still sweet and oaky
This was a ton of fun especially after my last review :P
One thing that really stood out to me here is that I preferred the SR and 12 Year neat over on ice and the Antique 107 I could go either way; that’s pretty rare for me. It was really hard for me to pick a winner between the 107 and the 12 but the higher proof lets the 107 perform well with ice and it’s a hell of a lot easier for me to find so if I had to pick I’d go with it. The SR is super overhyped to me, it’s good and a nice intro to wheaters but it really doesn’t stand out of the crowd in that price and availability range for me.
Overall it’s a great collection and tasting all 3 at once was awesome, highly recommended.
To round out the Weller collection checkout my review of the William Larue Weller . Spoiler: It’s the best of the bunch but not by as much as you’d think! The 107 really holds its own even against higher end wheaters
5 - a whiskey with notable strengths but also held back by some flaws
8 - an excellent bottle I’ll buy from time to time
7 - a great whiskey I’d order at a bar