William Larue Weller (2020)


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Sazerac Company

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Release Date: September 2020 (Annual release)

Proof: 134.5

Age: 12 Years, 6 Months

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Cherry Wood

MSRP: $99 (2020)

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Bright cherry | Soft wheat | Sweet baked dough | Light oak | Ethanol | Brown sugar | Inviting


Cherry syrup | Red fruits | Brown sugar | Syrup soaked raisins | Baking spice | Dry oak | Mouth coating


Oak | Bold spice | Touch of tobacco leaf | Lingering leather and oak | Mouth enveloping heat throughout | Lingering


William Larue Weller (WLW) is never shy about its brash proof, and this year it’s even more amplified by the fact that this is the highest proof expression in this year's Collection. It also happens to be the only wheated bourbon in the Collection, which allows it to stand out even more. This year's release embraces all of these unique traits and delivers a pour that will please WLW fans. It’s full of rich flavors and hugs you with a tight heat throughout the entire sip. The competition for high proof wheated bourbon has certainly increased over the years, in particular with Maker Mark’s cask strength offerings and Heaven Hill’s limited edition Old Fitzgerald and Larceny barrel proof lines. However, William Larue Weller is still the gold standard to beat, and this year's release continues this mark for another year.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan Moskal

September 18, 2020
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