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For those unaware, Weller 12 bourbon has become extremely hard to find, sells at a huge premium to MSRP on the secondary market, and gives all the bourbon bro’s boners if they ever find a bottle. I had never tried it, and a year ago, I was lucky enough to score some at MSRP (so I picked up 3 bottles for 59.00 each). I bought into the hype, I had to see if it really was “Poor a poor man’s Pappy” as they say….
Date Reviewed: February 26, 2020
Atmosphere: In a Glencairn glass, neat at home.
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Mash: Unspecified – but same Mash & Ageing as Van Winkle Lot B
Age: 12 years
Price I Paid: $59.00 Canadian
Appearance: Amber, Burnt Honey
Nose: No dominant, or overpowering scents. Slight brown sugar and oak. A hint of dried orange peel – all very muted. This particular bottle has been open about a year.
Palate: Oak and a general dry woodiness is what stands out. Thick and oily mouthfeel – it coats the roof of the mouth and makes you feel like you need to chug a glass of water. Second sip is softer and sweeter. Vanilla and brown sugar poke through.
Finish: Long and thick. Quickly goes from woody and dry to soft and sweet.
Conclusions: Each sip is better then the last. The problem with this bourbon is the hype. Overall it’s a good – even a great bourbon, but you typically can’t just go buy it – and if you can -usually you are paying 2-4 x MSRP. If you can find it for $60 buy it, and you will enjoy it – but don’t buy into the hype and spend $200 on it. There are much better bottles in the $60-100 range.
I would buy this again at MSRP, hell I’d even buy a couple just to trade. I originally bought 3 (before I had even tried it), and ended up trading 2 of them for much more than MSRP. The hype is real…
Overall Score: 83/100*
*If it was readily available for 59.00, I’d probably rate it around 85-86. The scarcity, and the fact it is so overrated brings it down a few points for me.