October 2017 Pick of the Month: Weller Antique

Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.”  The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment.  We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and provide comment and feedback. 

Weller Antique

This month, we’ve selected a bottle that was featured in our February 2017 Weller lineup tasting, the Weller Antique 107.  Formerly known Old Weller Antique, this is a wheated bourbon produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery.

With the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and the Van Winkle lineup set to release in the coming weeks, the reality is, most of us will not acquire a bottle. But, there are still many fine bourbons to enjoy. This one, sharing the same mash bill as William Larue Weller and the Van Winkle bourbons, will not leave you disappointed.

In many markets, this bottle is nearly impossible to find.  And in those areas, when you do find it, it is priced well outside of MSRP.  In Wichita, we are fortunate to be able to find this enjoyable bottle on many store shelves around the city, with just a little effort hunting it down.  And it’s almost always priced at around $25 for a 750 ml, or $30 for a 1 liter.

This bottle comes highly recommended by Flight Club!

Bottle:  Weller Antique 107

Age:  Not age stated (formerly age stated at 7 years).

Mash Bill:  Unknown, except that it contains wheat and no less than 51% corn.

Proof:  107

Price: $25

Location:  Available most anywhere in the Wichita market, although it doesn’t sit on shelves long.  You may need to pay a few stores a visit to hunt one down.  But well worth it.

16 Replies to “October 2017 Pick of the Month: Weller Antique”

  1. This one is a club favorite, and for good reason.

    The nose has a ton of different fruit (including apple pie with cinnamon and other banking spices), some dark brown sugar, chocolate, oak, leather and pepper/cinnamon spice.

    The palate is rich with corn, honey and brown sugar sweetness, cinnamon spice, cocoa and oak. There is some underlying citrus sweetness mixed some dark fruit.

    The finish trails off slowly, leaving some creamed corn and sweet undertones, with just the right amount of pepper and cinnamon spice. The cocoa is present, but balanced nicely with caramel/butterscotch sweetness.

  2. I try to keep a bottle of this on my shelf at all times. But, I like it too much to leave it alone. Neat (especially given time to breathe) or as a mixer, I appreciate it either way.

    I get strong cinnamon sugar on the nose. After letting it breathe, it opens up to reveal some red fruit and more of the familiar oak barrel characteristics.

    The palate is spicy without being hot. The wheat helps the mouthfeel on this to be creamy and smooth, but the proof prevents it from being to mellow or dull. The cinnamon sugar is again strong with some red apple.

    The finish leaves the warm burn with some cherry and sweet vanilla.

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