This Bourbon probably has more hype on it than any one this year… Buffalo Trace’s Weller “Craft Your Perfect Bourbon.” Based on a poll, BT gave the public the choice of the mashbill, the age, the proof to choose their perfect Weller expression. Reminiscent of Ann Rand’s novel The Fountainhead, this committee expression of a Bourbon came out just like the committee decisions in the book.
Before I go to the review, is this a good bourbon? Yes, it’s ok. Weller makes lovely Bourbons, and some of the single barrel, NCF Antique 107s are some of the best values out there. This one has a lot of similarity of a mix of Reserve and Antique, with a secondary value in between them and the daddy, William Larue Weller.
Notes: Good notes of butterscotch, vanilla, graham crackers, fresh biscuits and Twizzlers. Medium heat on the nose.
Palate: The palate is far more bitter than the nose would indicate in addition to being much hotter. The mouthfeel is disappointing and the finish is short ending really bitter. The nose indicates sweet and complex, but the palate just falls flat.
Conclusion: If this was $30, it would be just fine. However, NCF Weller Antique 107 Bourbons are universally better than this one–in fact I’ve never had a NCF Antique 107 that wasn’t significantly better than this. I paid $150 from my local retailer and he knew he was giving me a good deal, if I was going to flip it. But I opened it and we both had a couple pours and we both decided that it was just ok. I incorporate price into my ratings, so given it’s a $250-300 secondary market Bourbon, I’m giving it an 80/100.
If you want to try it first, try buying a sample first: https://bottle-spot.com/classifieds/category/317/Whisky/listings/65772/Weller-CYPB-Samples-Try-before-you-buy.html