Hey there, bourbon enthusiasts! It’s Justin Howell, your host at the Bourbon Holler, and today I’m diving into a review of one of the most sought-after bottles in the bourbon world: Weller 12. This bottle has gained an almost legendary status among bourbon lovers, and I’m here to share my experience and thoughts on whether it lives up to the hype.
The Rising Popularity of Weller 12
Weller 12 has become a phenomenon in the bourbon community. Its rarity and demand have skyrocketed its value in secondary markets, with prices soaring well over $220. Originally priced around $50, finding this bottle at retail is like striking gold. I recall the adventure of acquiring this bottle a few years back, camping out at a liquor store, a testament to the lengths enthusiasts go to for a taste of this elusive bourbon.
First Impressions and Tasting Notes
Upon first taste, Weller 12 greets you with a delightful aroma and a flavor profile that balances subtlety and complexity. The soft peppery note is immediately noticeable, a characteristic brought out by its wheat content. This wheat adds a gentle softness, particularly felt mid-palate, making for a smooth and enjoyable sipping experience.
The aging process of Weller 12 is evident in its flavor. Hints of peppercorn are present but not overwhelming, and the oaky characteristics are just right, without overpowering the bourbon’s inherent flavors. However, I find the proof point a bit low, especially when compared to its cousin, the 107 proof Old Antique Weller, which seems to edge it out slightly.
The Finish and Overall Experience
The finish of Weller 12 is remarkably smooth, a quality that undoubtedly contributes to its popularity. It’s easy to see why bourbon lovers are drawn to it and why it has such a dedicated fan base. The smoothness and balance make it a delightful bourbon to savor.
My Verdict on Weller 12
If you’re lucky enough to find Weller 12 at its retail price, I’d say it’s a must-buy. However, I would hesitate to recommend spending over $200 on a bottle. At that price point, there are other high-proof options that might offer more value for your money. But, as always, it’s your call to make.
Weller 12 is a bourbon that stirs up excitement and debate among bourbon lovers. Its scarcity and reputation make it a bottle many aspire to add to their collection. While it may not be worth the exorbitant secondary market prices, if you find it at retail, it’s definitely a bottle to cherish. So, here’s to finding those hidden gems and enjoying the journey of bourbon exploration. Cheers, friends!
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About the Author
Justin Howell is a Kentucky-based creative director who created The Bourbon Holler series in 2019.