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weller_tex
03-20-2012, 19:36
So, I am enjoying OWA (current release for all of you experts with 200 bottles of OWA from the 70's) tonight. Really liking it's smooth, brown sugar sweetness and spicy kick. Which do you prefer CURRENT OWA or CURRENT Weller 12? I SLIGHTLY lean to Weller 12.

Tico
03-20-2012, 20:04
Love both, the power and density of the OWA on the other side the smoothness and creaminess of the Weller 12. Currently sipping on a 50/50 of the two bottled up this past weekend.

Restaurant man
03-20-2012, 20:06
So, I am enjoying OWA (current release for all of you experts with 200 bottles of OWA from the 70's) tonight. Really liking it's smooth, brown sugar sweetness and spicy kick. Which do you prefer CURRENT OWA or CURRENT Weller 12? I SLIGHTLY lean to Weller 12.

I do love me some weller 12. But due to proof preferences I lean toward OWA. Due to the generous information sharing on this board I will never have to choose. I drink them both, mixed 1:1 in the same glass. Who says you can't have your cake and drink it too?

mosugoji64
03-20-2012, 20:08
That's a tough call. I think they're different enough that each satisfies a different mood. OWA is sweeter and peppier while 12 is warmer and more subtle. Which one I reach for depends on the night.

weller_tex
03-20-2012, 20:13
Well I have never mixed them..sounds like I need to try that!

weller_tex
03-20-2012, 20:13
That's a tough call. I think they're different enough that each satisfies a different mood. OWA is sweeter and peppier while 12 is warmer and more subtle. Which one I reach for depends on the night.

They are certainly different, amazingly so.

TheDude
03-20-2012, 20:16
I prefer the Weller 12 for the reasons already mentioned--a little sweeter and smoother to my tastes. I'm a fan of ORVW, which I used to be able to find on the shelves regulalry. I think the Weller 12 is the closest thing to Old Rip, so maybe that's why I'm a little partial to it over the OWA.

weller_tex
03-20-2012, 20:18
I prefer the Weller 12 for the reasons already mentioned--a little sweeter and smoother to my tastes. I'm a fan of ORVW, which I used to be able to find on the shelves regulalry. I think the Weller 12 is the closest thing to Old Rip, so maybe that's why I'm a little partial to it over the OWA.
I agree ORVW is fantastic. Too bad BT/Van Winkle decided to ration it so drastically. Ridiculous for a bourbon that is distilled, aged and bottled by a current distillery.

weller_tex
03-20-2012, 20:20
I agree ORVW is fantastic. Too bad BT/Van Winkle decided to ration it so drastically. Ridiculous for a bourbon that is distilled, aged and bottled by a current distillery.
Yeah I realize I fit into Chuck Cowdery's ignorant and ill-formed group by saying that, but I stand by the statement..

JayMonster
03-20-2012, 20:23
Sadly, Weller 12 never makes it way to NJ apparently. But I will be on the hunt for it once Trade Show season starts.

That being said, I am big fan of the OWA and currently consider it one of the best bourbon price/Quality ratio wise there is.

WsmataU
03-20-2012, 20:32
Well I have never mixed them..sounds like I need to try that!


That is one of the great recipes on the board and probably the best vatting I have had to date.

WsmataU
03-20-2012, 20:33
Sadly, Weller 12 never makes it way to NJ apparently. But I will be on the hunt for it once Trade Show season starts.

That being said, I am big fan of the OWA and currently consider it one of the best bourbon price/Quality ratio wise there is.


Jay, OW12 is pretty readily available in NY if you are willing to cross the line:grin::grin:

weller_tex
03-20-2012, 20:36
Jay, OW12 is pretty readily available in NY if you are willing to cross the line:grin::grin:
Neeeew York Citee (old Pace Picante Sauce commercial..) now I am heartbroken.....I thought BT had a soft spot for Texas with the Weller 12.

JayMonster
03-20-2012, 21:03
Jay, OW12 is pretty readily available in NY if you are willing to cross the line:grin::grin:

Not in the City as often I as used to be, but it may be worth making a trip one of these days.

In the meantime, I will be up in Vernon, NY in June for a show, and with little else to do up there except gamble, I may drag people around dusty hunting upstate.:grin:


Neeeew York Citee (old Pace Picante Sauce commercial..) now I am heartbroken.....I thought BT had a soft spot for Texas with the Weller 12.

Not so old, that Pace commercial still gets airtime in the NY/NJ area.

And BT may have a soft spot for TX, but everybody has a soft spot for the money and sales volume they can get from NYC.

jcg9779
03-21-2012, 07:58
I do love me some weller 12. But due to proof preferences I lean toward OWA. Due to the generous information sharing on this board I will never have to choose. I drink them both, mixed 1:1 in the same glass. Who says you can't have your cake and drink it too?

Where do you get your Weller 12 from?

weller_tex
03-21-2012, 10:01
Not in the City as often I as used to be, but it may be worth making a trip one of these days.

In the meantime, I will be up in Vernon, NY in June for a show, and with little else to do up there except gamble, I may drag people around dusty hunting upstate.:grin:



Not so old, that Pace commercial still gets airtime in the NY/NJ area.

And BT may have a soft spot for TX, but everybody has a soft spot for the money and sales volume they can get from NYC.

You don't see that commercial down here anymore..for what it's worth I love NYC. Went there on vacation a few months before 9/11.

BourbonBaron
03-21-2012, 10:01
There are a lot of online retailers that stock Weller 12. The last batch I picked up ended up coming to about $30 a bottle for four bottles, including shipping. Worth every penny IMO.

Bmac
03-21-2012, 10:07
Neeeew York Citee (old Pace Picante Sauce commercial..) now I am heartbroken.....I thought BT had a soft spot for Texas with the Weller 12.

Showin' yer age there ;). Oh wait! So am I! O_O

Weller 12 is everywhere in Texas (Dallas). Every single store I have been in has Weller 12.

In fact I noticed the bottle changed slightly. It now has an embossed wheat icon.

JayMonster
03-21-2012, 10:46
There are a lot of online retailers that stock Weller 12. The last batch I picked up ended up coming to about $30 a bottle for four bottles, including shipping. Worth every penny IMO.

Ah yes, rhe online retailers, the ones that relentlessly teaser NJ residents with offers that they cannot ship to the Garden State. :banghead:

Flyfish
03-21-2012, 15:31
By pure coincidence and totally unrelated to this thread, my wife an I adjourned to the swing in our gazebo this afternoon to enjoy the unseasonably mild weather in Ohio with a bottle of OWA (for her) and a bottle of WLW 12 YO (for me). Glencairn glasses for both of us.
We took turns sharing our glasses and concluded that, compared side-by-side, the 12 YO comes out ahead for richness, mouthfeel, and overall complexity. With that said, we are still big fans of the OWA. Because there is no significant cost difference, I will continue buying both. (A recent purchase at the Liquor Barn in Lexington included another handle of OWA>)

PaulO
03-21-2012, 17:12
I like them both. The 12 is probably more interesting, as I can't buy it in IN. I have a single bottle remaining from a trip. In the states that carry it, is it available year round? For example, if I pass through Louisville, am I likely to find 12?

weller_tex
03-21-2012, 17:50
Ah yes, rhe online retailers, the ones that relentlessly teaser NJ residents with offers that they cannot ship to the Garden State. :banghead:
Feel your pain..they won't ship to Texas either. Every year or two I work in New Mexico for 1-2 months..sure is nice to get a shipment from Binny's at the motel...

weller_tex
03-21-2012, 17:54
Showin' yer age there ;). Oh wait! So am I! O_O

Weller 12 is everywhere in Texas (Dallas). Every single store I have been in has Weller 12.

In fact I noticed the bottle changed slightly. It now has an embossed wheat icon.
The 12 seems to be mainly in the metro areas. The more rural stores in Texas don't usually seem to have it.

weller_tex
03-21-2012, 17:55
By pure coincidence and totally unrelated to this thread, my wife an I adjourned to the swing in our gazebo this afternoon to enjoy the unseasonably mild weather in Ohio with a bottle of OWA (for her) and a bottle of WLW 12 YO (for me). Glencairn glasses for both of us.
We took turns sharing our glasses and concluded that, compared side-by-side, the 12 YO comes out ahead for richness, mouthfeel, and overall complexity. With that said, we are still big fans of the OWA. Because there is no significant cost difference, I will continue buying both. (A recent purchase at the Liquor Barn in Lexington included another handle of OWA>)
That sounds like a great evening!