W. L. Weller

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W. L. Weller Bourbon whiskey
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750 ml bottle of W. L. Weller Bourbon
Type Bourbon whiskey
Manufacturer Sazerac Company
Country of origin Kentucky, United States
Introduced 1849
Alcohol by volume 45.00% & 53.50%
Proof 90 and 107
Variants W.L. Weller Special Reserve
W.L. Weller Antique
Related products Buffalo Trace

W. L. Weller is a brand of wheated bourbon whiskey. The brand was originally owned by the Stitzel-Weller Distilling Company, which was sold several times after 1972. The brand is currently owned by the Sazerac Company and produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.[1] Like all bourbons, Weller is distilled from a mash composed of at least 51% corn (maize). The secondary grain used for the Weller brand is wheat, whereas most bourbons use rye.

The bourbon was named after William Larue Weller (1825–1899), who was a bourbon whiskey distiller in the early days of Kentucky. He was supposedly the first to produce straight bourbon using wheat instead of rye in the mashbill.[citation needed] His wheated bourbon was first produced in 1849.[citation needed]

Current brand expressions[edit]

There are several bourbons produced under the Weller name, all of which are wheated. The top three brands are all produced in a signature bell-shaped bottle, while the fourth variation with the title "William LaRue" is bottled in a sleek straight wine bottle. The various brands and their descriptions are:

  • W.L. Weller Special Reserve, 90 proof.
  • Old Weller Antique, 107 proof.
  • W.L. Weller 12 Year, 90 proof.
  • William LaRue Weller, an unfiltered barrel proof bourbon. It was introduced in 2005 as a part of the Buffalo Trace Distillery's "Antique Collection".

For purposes of identification of the antique release, see below:[citation needed]

  • 2005: 121.9 proof
  • 2006: 129.9 proof
  • 2007: 117.9 proof
  • 2008: 125.3 proof
  • 2009: 134.8 proof
  • 2010: 126.6 proof
  • 2011: 133.5 proof
  • 2012: 123.4 proof
  • 2013: 136.2 proof

Past expressions[edit]

  • W.L. Weller 19 year was bottled at 90 proof. It was released only for the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Antique Collections.
  • W.L. Weller Centennial was 10 years old and bottled at 100 proof. It went out of production in 2009.
  • W.L. Weller Special Reserve was 7 years old and bottled at 90 proof.
  • Old Weller Antique was 7 years old and bottled at 107 proof.

Awards[edit]

W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon won a Double Gold Medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sazerac Completes Acquisition of Weller and Charter Brands." (Press release). PRNewswire. April 28, 1999. Retrieved August 2, 2010.