When you’re a Bostonian, you know about Kappy’s. They’ve been a family-owned business since the 1940’s. So while driving by Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits – Medford I was fortunate to find a store pick of Old Weller Antique, distilled at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, in Kentucky.
Buffalo Trace is perhaps the oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States. Owned by the Sazerac Company.
Aged for 7 years, sold at 107 proof, this bourbon comes from the same distillery, barrels, and mash bill as the famed Pappy Van Winkle.
Appearance: dark auburn color.
Nose – caramel, perhaps a hint of orange?
Palate – this is one full and rich bourbon. Almost fruity, perhaps a hint of vanilla. You can taste the oak. Smooth & easy to drink, with very little burn. And I am sensing a sweetness that I don’t get with a lot of whiskeys, which I am attributing this to being a wheater (a bourbon were wheat is the second grain in the mash bill, after corn.)
I’m a proponent of recommending other blogs: if you like this bourbon then I suggest reading A Large Scale Tasting Of Dusty Old Weller Antiques 1998-2008 Tasted Blind & Compared With The Current Stuff., from The Coopered Tot. Great article!
Old Weller Antique – known as OWA – is one of a family of wheated bourbons:
W. L. Weller Special Reserve, 90 proof
Old Weller Antique, 107 proof
W. L. Weller 12 Year, 90 proof
William LaRue Weller (proof varies year-to-year)