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    BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    We've discussed various Weller brands over the years, most garnering critical acclaim from our esteemed group of devotees here on SB.com. This month's BOTM is by request from the membership: Weller Antique 107.

    Rich and full-bodied with the classic Weller profile, the Antique 107 packs lots of punch for relatively little cost. Great for slow sipping or for mixing when you really want that bourbon flavor to shine in your favorite cocktail.

    Tell us how you prefer your Weller Antique?!


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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    I know there is lots of love for Weller Antique, but it just doesn't do it for me. I will say this, it is a great price for the proof you get. There are not many 105*+ bourbons you can get for under $20.

    I gave it a 7.75 out of 10 (which places it in the 60th percentile on my all time list). Here are my notes:

    Hard to get past the alcohol when drinking straight. Cinnamon is driving flavor. Once watered down it looses a lot of character and becomes very similar to WSR.
    Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretensions of the present by calling into existence the possibility of something better.

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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    well, i really was surprised and impressed last year when i had it...yet, i am having bad luck with my 'second tries' when resampling a bottling. and a SHAME it went up here in PA....from 18.99 to (i think) 20.99...but i will gamble it and grab a bottle tomorrow. i haven't participated in many BOTMs...

    is this a 'wheater' ? something makes me think it is. like all Wellers???
    HUP!

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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    I like Weller Antique but I like all the other Wellers better.
    ovh

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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    I like Weller Antique but I like all the other Wellers better.
    I reserve the right to change my opinion.
    I picked up an Old Weller Antique 107 yesterday and I have been comparing it to my Weller 12yo.
    OWA107 wins.
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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    I reserve the right to change my opinion.
    I picked up an Old Weller Antique 107 yesterday and I have been comparing it to my Weller 12yo.
    OWA107 wins.
    Oscar, I appreciate your opinion and insight, but to me Weller 12 is in a completely different league than OWA. I am slowly getting to where I prefer higher proof pours neat, but to me OWA trades character for proof in a comparison with Weller 12. I do prefer OWA to the Weller Special Reserve, but I love the syrupy-sweet characer Weller 12 offers. At similar proofs, OWA simply falls apart.

    I cant wait to try to WLW barrel proof. I think I may just fall off my chair with that experiance.
    Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretensions of the present by calling into existence the possibility of something better.

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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    Agree with Mozilla that OWA is not what it used to be, but, frankly, that could be said for a lot of brands. It's still a great choice for the price, and much to our surprise, the last Weller 12 (an old favorite) we had didn't hold up to it - the distinctive sweetness gave way to a "mediciny" tone that wasn't pleasant.
    Dave & Tina
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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    Quote Originally Posted by kickert View Post
    ... but to me Weller 12 is in a completely different league than OWA.

    ... to me OWA trades character for proof in a comparison with Weller 12.

    ... I love the syrupy-sweet characer Weller 12 offers.
    The Weller 12 almost feels like a training bourbon to me now.... It is not a bad drink, but compaired to the other Wellers, the bottle feels like it should come with a bib and a nipple... then again all bottles should come with a set of nipples ... .... ..... ........ ...... you know... in case you loose one


    The OWA seems to have a much larger range today in taste than it once did (speculation, not based on scientific data). For not being a single barrel, the 5-6 bottles I have tasted from (and recall) have all been very different. The Party Source bottle I tasted from was crazy good. I used it for a simple tasting exercise and it was more complex and deep than the PVW 15 I pulled from.

    The current one that I have is very good. not near as good as the PS bottle, but very happy good... blows the doors of the Weller 12s I have had.

    The others ranged from, eh, bottom shelf to, wow, very good bottle shelf.

    I can easily stand behind OWA being the best Wheatear for under $20/25 ...
    Last edited by spun_cookie; 01-24-2009 at 07:48.

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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    Quote Originally Posted by spun_cookie View Post


    The OWA seems to have a much larger range today in taste than it once did (speculation, not based on scientific data).

    The current one that I have is very good. not near as good as the PS bottle, but very happy good... blows the doors of the Weller 12s I have had.
    Yeah, I agree Em.
    Maybe the OWA107 has been improved. This recent bottle is much better than the one I had about 14 months ago.
    And the Weller 12yo that I have open is very thin.
    ovh

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    Re: BOTM, 1/09: Weller Antique

    I picked one up earlier in the week. Although it is not my favorite, it is better than I remember.

    Quite possibly one of the best $20 bourbons out there.
    Cheers,

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