This is the 2013 release of William Larue Weller – part of the yearly BTAC (Buffalo Trace Antique Collection releases. It’s NAS and bottled at a steep 68.1% ABV.
Nose: Immediate brown sugar and molasses followed by the sweeter notes from the wheat along with some green apples, old oak, and vanilla bean. The proof really comes through on the nose forcing you to not nose for too long at a time.
Palate: Hard to get past the intense heat at first, but once your tongue acclimates a bit wheat appears in force with toffee/vanilla infused oak.
Finish: Heat dissipates quickly allowing you to draw more compared to the palate: toffee and vanilla again with a slight bitter note.
Rating: 92/100 – typically one of my favorite from the BTAC lineup as I really enjoy wheated mashbills. The 2013 isn’t known as one of the best WLW’s out there, but it’s hard to go wrong with any year’s release really.
Value for the money: Just like Pappy Van Winkle, BTAC enjoys a tremendous surge in pricing on the secondary as they are almost impossible to find at retail. If you can find at $99 retail, it’s an easy buy no matter what, but if you have to look to the secondary for any year’s WLW, expect to pay $450+ at a minimum. It isn’t worth much over retail price to me, so at $99 I’d be a consumer all day long. I always advise to just try these types of overpriced bourbons at a bar instead.