#427 • Buffalo Trace Antique Collection William LaRue Weller 2016

67.7% alc./vol.
Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky, United States

We are going to spoil ourselves today with a rare and stellar bourbon, aptly named the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection William LaRue Weller 2016.

Produced at Buffalo Trace, the WL Weller series is a range of bourbons containing a good part of wheat in its mashbill, something that would have established in 1849 its eponymous designer. Replacing rye with wheat in these cases makes the bourbon sweeter and softer. The William LaRue Weller is a rare and exclusive annual bottling introduced in 2005, always presented at the strength of the barrel.

As the American author of novels, short stories and science fiction essays Philip Kindred Dick (1928-1982) said so well:

A pessimist is someone who looks both ways before crossing a one-way street.

Nose:
Distinguished, plums, dates and flavored tobacco reminiscent of some old sherry casks. Citrus and burnt caramel. No trace of its alcohol level. He's using the trees. Silky.

Taste:
Sweet, caramel, spicy sharp, corn in power calmed by notes of cherry and wood. Ignited.

Finish:
Yet the fire of the spirit goes up in smoke as soon as the sip is swallowed. Dry and dusty wood of the drum.

Balance:
A great bottle, if only for the chance to get your hands on one of them. To savor with caution and respect.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#402 • George Dickel Rye

45% alc./vol.
George Dickel Distillery, Cascade Hollow, Tennessee, USA

We're going today with a first article about pretty much the only other distillery of Tennessee Whiskey, George Dickel. Established in 1877, this is another distillery that is now part of the empire Diageo PLC.

We will linger to start their Rye Whiskey. It should be noted that unlike the vast majority of Americans, George Dickel intentionally omitted the "e" in the word "whiskey". They say they write it in Scottish because according to the founder George Dickel whiskeys would be as good and as sweet as the best Scotch whiskeys.

As the American actor and political activist John Charles Carter or Charlton John Carter, better known as Charlton Heston (1923-2008) said so well:

Men who give a name to their penis do so because they hate that a stranger takes 99% of the decisions for them.

Light orange, tangerine, a little diffuse.

Nose:
As with all rye whiskeys, the nose never lies. Rye, apples and vanilla, spices and red berries. Oak wood.

Taste:
Beautiful velvety texture. Wild berries, Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. No one here is surprised, but we like the whole thing.

Finish:
Hot, on the rye spices and the almost dusty oak board.

Balance:
An excellent basic rye of the pyramid. A scandal of not having it in SAQ, if only to have another Tennessee Whiskey than the Jack ...

Note: ★★★★★