Today, I am reviewing Old Weller Antique. It is a 107 proof wheated bourbon from the same distillery and family as W.L. Weller (I have reviewed the 12 yr. old). It is another whiskey from the Buffalo Trace giant, and it is sold at very reasonable price. It is usually in the low $20’s, making it a good bottle to keep around the house. How does it fare in a tasting? (Special thanks to my good friend, Henry, for enabling my tasting of this whiskey)
The nose of Old Weller Antique is tight, revealing very little depth. The alcohol and the wheated recipe mask a lot of the scents that are traditionally associated with bourbon. What does come through are notes of butterscotch, toffee, and wet oak. This bourbon picks up on the palate. Old Weller Antique has a viscous mouth feel that yields notes of sweet oak, caramel, vanilla, candied almonds, and honey roasted peanuts. It is very sweet and rich, but it has very few layers. The finish is long and warming, but it is simple. It is sweet and dark, as if somebody was pouring melted caramel and toffee fudge down my throat.
On the whole, this is a classic wheated bourbon. It is sweet, and not overly complex. It is exactly what a wheated bourbon should be, with a more powerful palate than Maker’s Mark or Rebel Reserve, which are in a similar price range. Old Weller Antique is to wheated bourbons what Old Grand-Dad Bonded is to rye bourbons. It is exactly what it should be, and not much more. My grade: C+/B-. Price: $20-25/750ml. This is good whiskey, not much of a mixer, though. If you like wheated bourbons, its worth a try.