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shannichols
10-28-2008, 14:31
Hello All,

I'm looking for a good wheated bourbon that isn't overly sweet tasting. My past experience with a wheated variety is Maker's Mark and it's just too syrupy for my taste to drink neat.

I've enjoyed the WL Weller from the BTAC (haven't opened my 2008 bottle yet) but that's not an everyday pour for me at those prices and availability. What about the other WLW offerings or any other makes out there that you all can suggest. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

jwrussell
10-28-2008, 14:34
Have you tried Van Winkle Lot B? I don't get the "syrupy sweetness" from wheaters so I'm probably not the best to suggest something, but I really like the BTAC WLW and next to that I like Pappy Lot B. Other than that, I tend to stick to Rye based Bourbons.

cowdery
10-28-2008, 14:48
Since you seem to like extra age, try the Weller 12-year-old. It's much more affordable.

Also try Old Fitzgerald Prime or Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond. I like them both but prefer the bond.

fishnbowljoe
10-28-2008, 15:48
I agree with Chuck on the Weller 12. Weller Special Reserve and Weller Antique 107 are good too. Another you might try is the Eagle Rare 10/90 Single Barrel. It is smooth and somewhat sweet, which may not be to your liking. On the other hand, it is more full bodied, with a much different taste profile than Maker's. Good luck. Let us know how it goes. Joe

StraightBoston
10-28-2008, 16:00
Another vote for Old Weller Antique 107 (while Lot B is not "super sweet" IMO, it *is* smoother than most.)

jwrussell
10-28-2008, 16:06
I agree with Chuck on the Weller 12. Weller Special Reserve and Weller Antique 107 are good too. Another you might try is the Eagle Rare 10/90 Single Barrel. It is smooth and somewhat sweet, which may not be to your liking. On the other hand, it is more full bodied, with a much different taste profile than Maker's. Good luck. Let us know how it goes. Joe

Is Eagle Rare a Wheated bourbon?

fishnbowljoe
10-28-2008, 16:23
I might be wrong, but I believe it is. Either way, it's a smooth, great tasting bourbon IMHO. Joe

barturtle
10-28-2008, 16:50
I might be wrong, but I believe it is. Either way, it's a smooth, great tasting bourbon IMHO. Joe

No, it is not. However it does have fairly low proportion of rye, so it doesn't have a high amount of the flavors that would be related to that grain.

cowdery
10-28-2008, 20:40
The only wheated bourbons in current general circulation are Old Fitzgerald, W. L. Weller, Rebel Yell and Maker's Mark. I forget, did we decide Cabin Still is still wheated or not?

Fitz, Weller, Yell and Still were once all products of Stitzel-Weller, which only made wheated bourbon. The founder of Maker's liked Old Fitzgerald and was good friends with Stitzel's owner, so he decided to do a wheated bourbon too. (Oh no, wait. He was baking bread.)

sku
10-28-2008, 22:11
The only wheated bourbons in current general circulation are Old Fitzgerald, W. L. Weller, Rebel Yell and Maker's Mark. I forget, did we decide Cabin Still is still wheated or not?

What about Pappy?

kickert
10-29-2008, 07:07
I just bought my first bottle of Weller 12 and I am in love. It is quickly moving up my list of favorite pours and I am not a huge fan of Weller Special Reserve.

DrinkyBanjo
10-29-2008, 07:24
What about Pappy?

Don't want to speak for Chuck but I'd consider Pappy a 'limited' release. But of course all todays Van Winkles are wheaters except for the Rye.

gblick
10-29-2008, 07:28
I recommend trying the Weller Antique 107.

shannichols
10-29-2008, 08:14
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll pick up one or two of these next time I'm in Kentucky in a couple of weeks (haven't seen these varieties at home.)

I've read nothing but good things about the Pappy products so I might have to save up a little bit to get one of those.

DrinkyBanjo
10-29-2008, 08:30
I would recommend Weller Antique 107 or Weller 12. You can't go wrong with Van Winkle but I'd recommend PVW 15.

cowdery
10-29-2008, 17:08
Yes, Pappy and the other Van Winkle bourbons. Simply an oversight on my part.

Scoots
11-07-2008, 17:49
Hello shannichols,

I'm a rather new boubon drinker, but I've learned a lot from the fellows on his forum.

After I tried a wheated bourbon for the first time my taste buds were in love. My favorite - Old Weller Antique 107. I drink it neat from a 12oz snifter and a double shooters worth lasts me all evening.

My home state of Oregon does not have the full spectrum of bourbons that you can find in Ky or Tn, so I can't really comment on all the wheated bourbons, but see my reply to a post on how my day went today: http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11031

kickert
11-07-2008, 18:34
Hello shannichols,

I'm a rather new boubon drinker, but I've learned a lot from the fellows on his forum.

After I tried a wheated bourbon for the first time my taste buds were in love. My favorite - Old Weller Antique 107. I drink it neat from a 12oz snifter and a double shooters worth lasts me all evening.

My home state of Oregon does not have the full spectrum of bourbons that you can find in Ky or Tn, so I can't really comment on all the wheated bourbons, but see my reply to a post on how my day went today: http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11031

and... how did it taste?

Scoots
11-07-2008, 18:58
http://www.oldripvanwinkle.com/newbs/vw/website3.nsf/files/C_10yr107pBottle.jpg/$FILE/C_10yr107pBottle.jpg

WOW!!! This is nectar from the gods!!!

Those Van Winkle boys know how to do bourbon!!!!!