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    Mid-level wheaters

    I am a fan of wheaters. Most of my experience is with various VW products and some Weller. I am not a fan of Maker's. I do like the 46, but feel it is overpriced compared to other bourbons. It would be nice to be able to drink Pappy, JPS, etc everyday, but not realistic.

    How does the current Weller 12 compare to the current Old Fitz 12?
    OWA vs OFBIB?

    Any wheaters in the $20-25 range that I'm missing?

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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    In that price range I'd go with the OWA.
    The Weller 12 just seems to be lacking to much for me.
    I suppose you could do a vatting of Weller 12 and OWA, let's say 2 parts OWA & 1 part WLW 12, might work.
    But I think it is well worth it to lay down an extra 15 bucks and get an ORVW 10/107.
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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    But I think it is well worth it to lay down an extra 15 bucks and get an ORVW 10/107.
    Daaaaaamn Riiiiiight. Given the choice, I would take the ORVW 107 every time.

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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    I tried Rebel Reserve the other day and was pleasantly surprised. Mighty good whiskey for $20 or less

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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    I agree about the ORVW 10/107, but the various Wellers and Old Fitz are almost always available. I wish I could say the same for the VW.

    I've never had the OF12, would like to try it, but am hesitant to buy a bottle.

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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    The current Old Fitz 12 is HH stuff...definitely not the same bourbon that was bottled when it was part of the BHC collection. For wheaters I tend to agree with Oscar that a good vatting would be 2-1 OWA/Weller 12. The ORVW 10/107 is good but I'm skeptical that BT will be able to keep up their quality as their supply goes down. It has been mentioned by BT that their wheated bourbon supply is low and certain labels may become limited in the future.
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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    Quote Originally Posted by StraightNoChaser View Post
    I tried Rebel Reserve the other day and was pleasantly surprised. Mighty good whiskey for $20 or less
    I've had Rebel Yell and didn't care much for it and never tried the reserve. How do they compare?

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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    I popped the top on a handle of Weller 12 the other day, that is the smoothest, easiest to drink of the Weller products in my opinion. The OWA is really good too, I think the proof helps with the balance of sweet and heat. SR is just OK in my eyes.

    Have not had the opportunity to taste ORVW. I don't think it makes it out here very often, and when it does I think it's snatched up quickly.

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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    Which one is more complex to you? Complex isn't always good if it's imbalanced, but I would like to get one of the two (the 12 or the OWA) and I want something that I won't get bored of.

    Quote Originally Posted by Young Blacksmith View Post
    I popped the top on a handle of Weller 12 the other day, that is the smoothest, easiest to drink of the Weller products in my opinion. The OWA is really good too, I think the proof helps with the balance of sweet and heat. SR is just OK in my eyes.

    Have not had the opportunity to taste ORVW. I don't think it makes it out here very often, and when it does I think it's snatched up quickly.

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    Re: Mid-level wheaters

    Quote Originally Posted by clingman71 View Post
    I am a fan of wheaters. Most of my experience is with various VW products and some Weller. I am not a fan of Maker's. I do like the 46, but feel it is overpriced compared to other bourbons. It would be nice to be able to drink Pappy, JPS, etc everyday, but not realistic.

    How does the current Weller 12 compare to the current Old Fitz 12?
    OWA vs OFBIB?

    Any wheaters in the $20-25 range that I'm missing?
    I feel that all current Old Fitz sucks. And while I do love Old Rip, it's not always around. (Yes, Parker's 2010 was amazing, but come on HH, give me something I can have on a regular basis.)

    I enjoy all Weller releases, in different ways, and on different occasions. I do like Weller 12, but I recommend opening a bottle, pour yourself a drink, and then forget the bottle for about a month. It makes a world of difference. OWA and SR are standard pours for me.

 

 

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