Whoops. I'm in the minority, it looks like. But, I'm very fond of the current Old Fitz BIB. The low price is a plus for me, too.
"Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama
Along the lines of Weller, I got a question that has been tickling my mind for a while now. This is not to do with Antique, so, if the moderator sees fit to move it to another thread, not a problem. Several months ago, while in town visiting my sister, I came across an old store that had several bottles of Weller Spl Rsv - Louisville....which means it is S-W juice. My own experience with a Frankfort SR a while back was not a pleasant one to say the least and I have never been inclined to try it again. However, if the S-W SR has a rep of being considerably better, I would be inclined to go back this weekend and grab one or more of them. What is the opinion of the experts in this regard? I was in there N-Y Eve and he still had them there collecting dust. I have always loved Antique from S-W to present.....but, am somewhat shy of the SR. Guess for the price point of SR, I should not worry bout it too much....lol.
It's interesting that you like Weller Antique 107 but didn't care for the Special Reserve. It has been reported here (and I had heard this during a tour many years ago) that SR and Antique 107 were from the same lot of selected barrels with the difference simply being bottling proof. FYI, they sell about ten times more SR that the Antique 107, IIRC. So my guess is that you don't care for a young, low proof wheated bourbon. Therefor, a young, low proof SW wheated bourbon may not be your cup of tea either.
In Texas, it's very common to see SR as the well bourbon in bars (although recent price increases have given Beam White a price advantage). When out, I'll often have the SR vs paying top dollar for a Woodford Reserve "top shelf" pour. But that's about the only time I drink SR.
"A person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all . . . "
it is a little more than just that. As you water down the bourbon, you bring forward some of the less pleasant tastes and dilute some of the sugars and sweeter tastes. The esters do not dilute like the sugars due, so some of the SRs might bring forward more of a bitter taste.
The Old 88 SR I have is great. Full of sugars and sweeter tastes, but that is due to a lower barrel proof I would bet.
Anyhow... Spun's 2-cetns