Monday, May 28, 2018
Weller Antique 107 Binny's Private Selection Batch 3 (NCF) Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- 107 Proof
- Region: Kentucky
Weller products have developed a sort of demand that I never thought I'd see. It's gotten to the point that even Weller Special Reserve, previously a low-mid shelfer, is now high in demand, low in availability, and commanding prices on the secondary that are borderline absurd. So, while a few years ago I might not have been so eager to get my hands on a bottle like this, when the opportunity presented itself a few months back, I found myself not thinking twice about grabbing a private select, non-chill filtered Weller Antique.
Don't get me wrong, I happen to like Weller Antique. While I tend to favor high-rye bourbons over wheaters, this one has always been one of my favorites. And the price is an absolute steal for any Weller private selection. I'm more or less just commenting on the fact that not too long ago this would have just been another decent find, not some special bottle they kept in the back.
The best part about getting it at retail, though, is it makes it really easy to crack it open and drink it as an every day pour, and so I did! The nose on this is very good. It's a mix of cinnamon and a slightly sweet cereal. I couldn't help but think of Life cereal. I also noticed a nice caramel scent on the nose. It certainly smelled sweet, but not cloyingly so.
Its flavor matched that light sweetness, too. It was primarily vanilla and caramel, with a light amount of heat to balance out that sweetness. It also had a slight anise flavor that added a bit of a tang somewhere right in the middle.
The sweetness on this lingered for quite a while, leaving me smacking my lips and looking forward to each next sip. And yet it was never too sweet. It even seemed to develop a sort of a sweet coffee flavor, like a caramel machiatto. Not one of those super-sweet Starbucks kind, but a real caramel machiatto that is somewhat sweet, but also roasty and bitter. It was a nice touch on the back end that gave it a sort of richness and complexity that made it more than just a sweet wheated bourbon.
This was very tasty and incredibly easy to drink. Perhaps too easy. I found myself getting to the bottom of this bottle more quickly than I had intended. But I just couldn't help but keep going back to this one. It was just that good! And the price gave me no regrets!