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Old Weller Antique 107 Brand

Buffalo Trace Lottery! - Part 1 of 2

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

4th Feb 2017


Old Weller Antique 107 Brand
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Every year, the LCBO is allotted some of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, which are then sold through an online lottery system. This year, they added a number of other Buffalo Trace products, including Wellers, Taylors and Pappys. I was lucky enough to win three bottles - W.L. Weller 12 Year Old, Old Weller Antique 107 and the 2016 edition of George T. Stagg! I already reviewed the 12 some years ago, so let's review the other two but taste them with the 12 as a sort of comparison.

The Old Weller Antique 107 is meant to reflect the style of a bygone age (apparently). The "107" refers to the alcohol proof.

The colour is a medium reddish copper. On the nose there's some serious oak, wood smoke, vanilla and some red tannins, like a big shiraz. Floral. Mint and sage. Doesn't nose like it's 53.5%. Smokier and mintier with water. Nicely subtle and soft.

On the palate, with even bigger vanilla, mouth-pulling oak, black cherries and hints of black liquorice. Red apple skins. Menthol. Cinnamon, cumin and cayenne. Tastes like a big bourbon should, but with some subtlety and complexity.

The finish is deep with oak, beef stock and various berries (cherry, blackberry). This is simply a great, solid, well crafted bourbon, with terrific balance of fat oak and vanilla with subtle fruit and herbal notes. Compared with the W. L. Weller 12 Year Old, I would score it somewhat higher. The 12 is fruitier and smoother, but the 107 is both woodier and more layered somehow. Of course, both are great. Jim Murray scores this a 96. Side note: I looked up my tasting notes on the 12 (written five years ago) and I only scored it an 85. I would score it higher now.

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Nozinan commented

Hmm. Surprising. I thought it was supposed to be really bad.

@Paddockjudge told me it was terrible and offered to take the bottles my family and I had won off my hands...


7 years ago 0

talexander commented

Ohhhhh you two!!

7 years ago 0

paddockjudge commented

@BobbyQVDN, I think we should all be drinking from that same bottle....road trip!

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Just opened a bottle of this. Maybe it's the power of suggestion but I get a lot of what you describe.

This is powerful stuff. Still getting my palate around it but I think I'm going to enjoy this...

7 years ago 0

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