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WL Weller Full Proof

Neat: $30

Cocktail: $40

57% ABV

Weller Full Proof’s full proof of 114 (meaning it enters the barrel at 114 proof), or 57% ABV, is fairly robust in contrast to the more standard Weller 12 Year release, which clocks in at 90 proof. The folks at Buffalo Trace went this route, they say, because “bourbon drinkers are asking us for high proof and non-chill filtered bourbon more and more. Bar owners and liquor stores who have selected barrels of Weller over the years will regularly request their bourbon to be non-chill filtered. It will be nice to offer Weller Full Proof as an option.”

Word is this bourbon will be released just once a year in limited quantities. The bottle it is housed in will contain a cork stopper, and the overall presentation for this whiskey may be appealing to the eye for some. It is clocking in at around $50 per 750 ml bottle, but secondary markets and some retailers may choose to bump that price up by a bit or more.

Nose: Lots of fruit: grape, cherry, plum. Rich caramel and vanilla develop in the glass over time.

Palate: Velvety and coating, with caramel, cherry, and demerara syrup, finishing long and warming, with cinnamon and oak.

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