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.
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.
Sweet, caramel, spicy sharp, corn in power calmed by notes of cherry and wood. Ignited.
Yet the fire of the spirit goes up in smoke as soon as the sip is swallowed. Dry and dusty wood of the drum.
A great bottle, if only for the chance to get your hands on one of them. To savor with caution and respect.
Note: ★ ★ ★ ★★