2005 William Larue Weller Review

This is one of the most well regarded releases of William Larue Weller (WLW) to date often mentioned alongside the 2006 and 2010 as one of the best. It’s bottled at 60.95% ABV.

Nose: Very sweet wheat right up front, but some interesting fruits in there as well – primarily mango and pineapple. Fresh sawdust with baked apples and mulled spices.

Palate: Heat is pretty intense with strong wheat notes coming in soon after. Chalky oak developing with some vanilla at the end. Not quite as fruity as the nose indicated.

Finish: Mostly heat turning rather dry with some vanilla and bitter oak

Rating: 89/100 – A good WLW expression, but not quite as good as the 2006 or 2010 for me.

Value for the money: These go for $1000+ and is in no way worth that – I’d maybe pay up to $150 for one. The newer WLW’s go for around $550 and are comparable enough in my opinion if you’re deadset on picking one up on the secondary.

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