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    W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    Hi all,

    I received a bottle of Weller Special Reserve as a gift, and I've been slowly making my way through the bottle (I tend to rotate between all my bourbons, and I've got about 12 bottles open right now). I enjoy this bourbon, but find that it's got just the tiniest bitter or harsh aftertaste. For the money ($12), I really can't complain, because I still enjoy it more than Maker's Mark, and Maker's is 2x the price.

    Is this taste typical of all the Weller bottlings, or is it just because Special Reserve is their low-end offering? I have an opportunity to buy some Weller Antique 107... if I like everything about the Weller Special Reserve except for the finish, do you folks think I'll enjoy the Weller 107? I'm in the middle of purchasing a house, so funds for bourbon have became scarce in the past few weeks, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. I'm trying to pick and choose my purchases more carefully, because I'd hate to think money I spent on a "bad" (subjective, of course) bourbon could've gone towards the house.

    Thanks,
    Will

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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    Weller 12 Year Seems to be the preferred bottling overall. I didn't bother to dig anything up but I believe the Antique 107 draws less favorable reviews of the Weller line.

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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    I've only had one bottle of the Weller 12, and I found it to be more harsh than the Weller 7. To me, the harshness of the Weller 7 is strange because it only becomes bothersome when the bottle is about half empty. When first opened the Weller 7 is mellow. But when the bottle is half empty I add one teaspoon of water to a a 50ml drink to deal with the harshness.

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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    Thanks, I'll try adding a small amount of water to see if that smooths it out. And you're right, the bottle seems to become more harsh the further into it I get...

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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    Will I mix this one with both ice and water.

    Squire

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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    Try the Weller 7yo on ice. I don't like it much straight, but on ice it's a great tasting bourbon. If you can, try the Weller 12 year old...that's one of my favorites, any way you drink it.

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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    I really like the Weller Antique 107 and the Centennial 100. I find a couple drops of water can be beneficial to the Weller line.


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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    How does the Weller line stack up again (pricewise, style-wise)? The only one which I have had before is the 107 Antique, which I thought was quite good.

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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    How does the Weller line stack up again (pricewise, style-wise)?
    Great values -- the only one which will approach $30 is the Centennial 10yo (unless you luck into the one-time W.L. Weller 19yo bottling for the original Antique Collection). Most can be had for $12-$20 per 750ml -- even the excellent 12yo Weller.

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    Re: W.L. Weller Special Reserve (7 yr old)

    I should have been more specific. What are all the bottlings of the Weller line?

 

 

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