W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey


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After serving in the Louisville Brigade during the Mexican-American War, William Larue Weller returned to his native Kentucky. His family had helped settle Kentucky in the late 18th century, and his grandfather, Daniel Weller, bought a distillery in Nelson County in 1800. (When Daniel Weller died, his estate was inventoried and said to contain three whiskey casks, two stills, a mash tun, and numerous drying casks.)

Upon returning to Kentucky after the war, W.L. Weller joined the family business and began working at his grandfather’s distillery. Weller had a sharp palate and a keen sense of business, and in 1849 introduced the first bourbon, using wheat instead of rye as a secondary grain. Wheat bourbons (including Pappy Van Winkle and Larceny bourbon, which eventually imitated W.L. Weller’s Mashbill) have a smoother and gentler flavor profile compared to bourbons that use rye as a secondary grain. Wheat bourbons also have a slightly sweeter flavor. Weller’s bourbon was incredibly popular in antebellum America, eventually forcing him to put a green thumbprint on his bills and casks as a certificate of authenticity.

Made as a tribute to one of Bourbon’s original aristocrats, W.L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon continues to be made using Weller’s Wheat Bourbon recipe. Aged for at least 12 years, far longer than most wheated bourbons. This whiskey features aromas of creamy vanilla, caramel and molasses, giving way to notes of candied corn, ripe fruit, cocoa powder and dried fruit on the palate. With an elegant and smooth finish with hints of mint, fruit and vanilla, this Wheated Bourbon is not to be missed. W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon won the double gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.


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