What to Know About the New Weller Full Proof Release
Fans of Buffalo Trace’s Weller bourbon line have been eagerly anticipating the release of the newest addition: a full proof version of the classic bourbon. The release is set for this summer, but what do we know about it so far?
First, the basics. The Weller Full Proof will be bottled at a hearty 114 proof, which is higher than the previous high for the line, Weller 107. It will also be a non-chill filtered bourbon, which means it won’t have undergone the process of removing fatty acids and other elements that can make a bourbon appear hazy at colder temperatures. Some bourbon fans swear by non-chill filtered bourbons for their fuller flavors and mouthfeel.
So what can we expect from the taste of the Weller Full Proof? Early reports suggest that it will have the classic Weller flavor profile with some added oomph from the higher proof. Think of it as the Weller you know and love, but turned up a notch.
Expect notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak, with perhaps a touch of spice from the extra heat. Some lucky early tasters have noted a long, satisfying finish that brings out the complexity of the bourbon.
As with any highly-anticipated bourbon release, availability may be an issue. Buffalo Trace has announced that the Weller Full Proof will be available in limited quantities starting in June 2019. Some lucky bourbon lovers may be able to snag a bottle on store shelves, but it’s likely that many will have to resort to online auctions and secondary markets to get their hands on a bottle.
While pricing for the Weller Full Proof hasn’t been officially released, it’s expected to be in line with other premium Weller releases. That means it’s likely to cost more than the standard Weller line, but perhaps less than the highly sought-after Van Winkle bourbons.
For die-hard Weller fans, the price will likely be worth it to get their hands on this high-proof addition to the line. For others, it may be worth waiting to try it at a bar or restaurant before making a purchase decision.
There’s no denying that the Weller Full Proof release has generated a lot of buzz in the bourbon community. With its combination of high proof and classic Weller flavors, it’s sure to be a hit with fans of the line.
Some commenters have noted, however, that the hype might be getting a bit out of hand. While it’s definitely an exciting release, it’s still just a bourbon. There’s no need to camp out overnight or pay exorbitant prices on the secondary market if you can’t find it in stores.
At the end of the day, the Weller Full Proof is a welcome addition to the Weller line and to the bourbon market as a whole. Whether it lives up to the hype or not, it’s sure to be a topic of conversation among bourbon lovers for months to come.