Weller is a name associated with quality in the bourbon world, and with good reason. The core range is exceptional and very reasonably priced.
There is the Weller Special Reserve, the Weller 12-Year-Old and this Weller Antique 107 (sometimes known as Old Weller Antique 107 or OWA). The 107 is essentially a higher proof version of the Special Reserve and is considered to be the superior product by most. Both of those are No Age statement offerings and then you have the 12 which is… 12 years old!
Burnt brown sugar, oak, caramel, vanilla, sugar cane, spice, ginger, dark cherries and other dark fruits. The nose on this beast really is sublime, they should make the air smell like this!
Much more intense than the 12 with loads of spice, caramel and good amount of burn. I get some freshly baked croissant, spicy ginger root, dark fruits and it all builds towards a spicy, peppery crescendo. Doesn’t disappoint after the excellent nose.
It’s a lively, raucous finish with rye and pepper spice, more caramel and wood and it hangs around for a good 2-3 minutes. Very enjoyable.
This is a great bourbon there is no doubt about that. It is like a raw untamed alternative to the Weller 12 which is more refined and sophisticated. This is bold and brash with punchy flavours and I really like that.
The other amazing thing about this, and the 12 for that matter, is that they are available at highly respectable prices and both are amongst the very best in terms of value for money. It is like better than quite a few “premium” high priced bourbons I have tired.
I really enjoy the combination in this of the sweet wheated profile but with a spicy twist that some other wheaters don’t have and if that is your kind of thing you will enjoy this too.
Both this and the 12 are not always the easiest bottles to get your hands on, so if you get the opportunity, grab them while you can, you won’t regret it.
Finally, let’s answer the often-asked question of which is better, Weller 12 or the Weller Antique 107… well personally I don’t think there is any need to choose, one day I might prefer the brashness of the 107 and another I might go for the refined profile of the 12. There is no need to decide, you need them both in your collection and that is all there is to it!