The New Weller Bourbon Line
An Unusual Grain
Weller Bourbon, a brand under the Buffalo Trace umbrella, has released a new line of bourbon that includes an unusual grain. The bourbon is made with red wheat, which is known for its soft and delicate flavor profile. Most bourbons use rye as their secondary grain, but this new line from Weller uses wheat instead.
What Does This Mean for the Flavor?
The use of wheat in place of rye creates a smoother and more mellow flavor profile. It gives the bourbon a creamy and soft texture with notes of vanilla and caramel. The lack of rye also means that the bourbon has less of a spicy kick and instead leans more towards sweetness.
The Three Tiers
The new Weller line includes three different tiers, each with a unique flavor profile:
- Weller Special Reserve: The lowest tier has a mash bill of 51% corn, 39% red wheat, and 10% malted barley. It is aged for a minimum of six years and has a sweet and smooth taste with notes of honey and citrus.
- Weller Antique 107: The middle tier has a mash bill of 51% corn, 45% red wheat, and 4% malted barley. It is aged for a minimum of seven years and has a bolder taste with notes of cherry and oak.
- Weller 12-Year: The top tier has a mash bill of 70% corn, 16% red wheat, and 14% malted barley. It is aged for a minimum of 12 years and has a rich and complex taste with notes of caramel and oak.
The Weller Craze
Weller Bourbon has been gaining popularity in recent years, especially among bourbon enthusiasts and collectors. Its affordability and quality have made it a sought-after brand, with some calling it the “poor man’s Pappy Van Winkle,” as both brands are made by Buffalo Trace and share similar mash bills.
The addition of this new line with an unusual grain makes Weller even more intriguing and exciting for bourbon lovers and collectors. The soft and smooth flavor profile paired with its affordability make it a great addition to any collection.