Buffalo Trace Tasting Notes

Posted: May 18, 2016 in American Whiskies, Wheat

W L Weller 7 year old 45%

Tasted: Oct 2009

Wonderfully bold and soft aromas of liquorice coated wheat and vanilla oak, supplemented with herbal spices and hints of violets and demerara. Relatively straightforward but it has a lovely depth. The palate opens with bitter oak followed by hard violet and liquorice encrusted wheat and spices. It settles down on the middle to display a touch of demerara, but the bitter oak theme continues. Quite a dry finish with charred oak and smoke and a pure sugar crystal after taste. Quite pleasant but could have done with a tad more sweetness to balance out the bitter oak.

W L Weller 12 year old 45%

Tasted: Nov 2008

An extremely intense nose. First up it’s the sweet vanilla oak, balanced by the sharp rye grains and lashings of bitter chocolate and coffee. Next in the olfactory rollercoaster ride are the wonderfully velvety soft wheat notes, which mingle delightfully with the vanilla, honey and clotted cream aromas. All finished off with an earthy notes.

The palate is soft and subtler than the nose. There’s more of a gentle kiss of soft wheat and vanilla oak followed by the piquant rye grains, which give it a lovely ‘bite’ on the middle. Good, faintly floral length with hints of coffee, marzipan and an earthy nuance. Obviously not quiet as complex as the William Larue cask strength bottling, but it’s wonderfully drinkable!

WL Weller 12 year old 45%

Dist: 1999 Btl: 2011

Re-Tasted: July 2013

I love this nose. It’s intense, dark and oily with lanolin, leather and toasted, dark wheat flakes along with edgy, oily spices and hints of sweet corn, spelt(?) like notes, liquorice, bitter dark chocolate and some subservient, sweet vanilla oak.

The palate is oily and leathery to begin with, followed by toasted wheat flakes and corn. The sweet, oily wheat builds along with the earthy spices. Very full and mouth coating with a slightly grainy, bitter coffee/ chocolate finish. All the while the oak sits plainly in the background. Very impressive

WL Weller 12 year old 45%

Re-Tasted: Apr 2014

Dark and wheaty aromas accented by hints of sweet, nutty oak, corn and just a smidge of spice. Quite earthy with hints of liquorice and orange conserve.

Smooth and wheaty on the palate with treacle, bitter spice and a touch of corn to add a smidge of sweetness. Really intense and spicy on the middle with the oak coming through adding a touch of vanilla and a light violet note appearing, but the finish is pure bitter 90% cocoa chocolate and woody spice.

William Larue Weller Wheat 12 year old 45% (121.9 proof)

Tasted: Aug 2008

An extremely intense nose. First up it’s the sweet vanilla oak, balanced superbly by the sharp rye grains and lashings of bitter chocolate and coffee. Next in the olfactory rollercoaster ride are the wonderfully velvety soft wheat notes, which mingle delightfully with the vanilla, honey and clotted cream aromas. All topped by an earthy note. The palate is soft and subtler than the nose. There’s more of a gentle kiss of soft wheat and vanilla oak followed by the piquant rye grains, which give it a lovely ‘bite’ on the middle. Good, faintly floral length with hints of coffee, marzipan and earthy nuance. Obviously not quiet as complex as the cask strength offering, but it’s wonderfully drinkable!

William Laurue Weller Wheat 15 year old (2005 Bottling) 60.9%

A blend of Kentucky Corn, North Dakota Wheat and North Dakota Malted Barley.

The initial nose impact is full of cotton candy and black walnuts. It develops into a luscious dried fruit sweetness that is in perfect harmony with soft vanilla, powdered sugar and cinnamon spices. On the palate it boom’s with an explosion of Bourbon flavours, oak and a beguiling smoky sweetness. It’s an uncompromisingly hearty dram, but the finish is fresh and invigorating.

William Larue Weller (2012 Bottling) 61.7%

Tasted: Dec 2012

Nose: Thick slabs of molassed peppery rye and powerful alcohol fumes greet the nose but it’s not one-dimensional as liquid coffee, lightly sugared raisinated fruit, violety/ petally marc and a light balsamic note appear. Water tames the alcohol allowing some light corn oils to wrap around some lightly sweetened orange marmalade and spicy rye. Deftly oaked with a lightly buttered French-ish character.

Palate: Quite soft to begin with some bitter chocolate coated dried fruit. Some lightly roasted coffee and spicy rye are stopped in their tracks by the rampant alcohol. Water makes the palate so luscious and harmonious. A serious mouthful of concentrated Armagnac-esque dried fruit with some light, peppery rye spices. Lightly oiled with a touch of Demerara coated rose petal marc.

Finish: Intense, bitter, alcoholic and spicy. Water lengthens and allows the lightly sweet oak to shine, and those spices! Yum! Seriously chocolatey!

Conclusion: Neat it’s a spicy monster and eye wateringly alcoholic. Diluted its sublime.

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