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.