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W.L. Weller Special Reserve

Updated: May 24

Country: USA

Region: Kentucky

Type: Bourbon

Bottler: Distiller

ABV: 45%

Age Statement: NAS

Score: 91


Right off the bat I get a strong apple cinnamon smell. It’s more of a sweeter apple smell like a Fuji apple. I don’t really pick up any spiciness, which makes sense with the rye being left out. It honestly reminds me of when you grab a bag of sliced apples and you open that bag for the very first time. That level of sweetness with a very slight note of caramel. With as much apple as I got on the nose, I thought it would come through immediately on the taste. Instead, I’m picking up more of the buttery, savory notes and got the apple note on the finish. I just mentioned a bag of sliced apples. Imagine taking those sliced apples and dipping them in caramel, and that’s what I’m getting on the taste.


In the off chance you are able to find this at the suggested retail price or less, GRAB IT! If not, which is more likely, I don’t believe it’s worth it. A friend of mine was able to find this bottle in Kentucky for more than MSRP, but nothing ridiculous. I have seen this bottle go for well over $100 and at those price points, I think there are plenty of readily available bourbons that would be more worth it. This doesn’t have the complexity to hold up to a price point over $100. If you are someone who is beginning to drink whiskey neat, or on ice, I would definitely recommend this to you. It is very drinkable. I could see this bottle at a party with people mixing it, drinking it on ice, or drinking it neat, but all enjoying it.




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