Old Weller Antique Bourbon, 53.5% abv(107Proof), $24/bottle
Old Weller Antique is a high proof “wheated” bourbon from Weller and Sons distillery in Frankfurt, KY. The first sniff reveals a good bit of the alcohol you would expect from a bourbon at this proof, however it’s not too tough to work through considering. The nose is somewhat restrained and helped mightily with a splash of spring water to open it up a good bit more. Hints of ripe banana, vanilla, and caramel sweetness reveal themselves at the forefront, but the nose lacks some layered depth. The sip has some nice alcoholic bite and punch, caramel, some integrated barrel char, and sweetness. A splash of water once again elevates those flavors further, and yields a much more creamy mouth feel and viscosity. The finish tapers off short and quick with some light oak remaining, but still leaving me a bit wanting. Old Weller Antique lacks depth and complexity, but is a very nice “sipper” offering some classic bourbon flavor at a very good value.
Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 7.2(Good)