Old Weller Antique – Original 107 Brand – Wheated Bourbon – Review

Old Weller Antique – Original 107 Brand – Wheated Bourbon | 53.5% (107 Proof) $24.99 (Here) or (Here for less)

Color/Appearance: A little less than amber. Sunset over the pacific. The Weller line of bottles are, well they are there. Not much to look at and kind of dated with a screw top. I describe the look of the liquid and the bottle here but if I find them lacking it doesn’t detract from my enjoyment, though a great look and bottle can slightly enhance the overall experience.


Nose: Apple cider, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, black pepper and cinnamon. Normally I am not a fan of adding water to whisky but a few drops can allow these flavors to present themselves more clearly.

Palate: Lighter and hotter tasting than the 12 year old, allowing it to register a little higher and with more vibrancy. Sweet and smooth underneath all that heat with similar flavors as the nose. The higher alcohol level allows it to cut some of that wheat and corn sweetness, though no hint of the cloying note present in the 12 year old. Some water here can really soften the hard edges and bring out the warm enticing flavors.

Finish: Medium in length with light brown sugar sweetness fading into drying oak with a pepper cinnamon flourish.

Overall: Really, I would probably rate this slightly lower, but it works so perfectly mixed in a 60:40 ratio with the 12 year old that I have to give it serious props. I rarely drink it without mixing it with some of the 12 year, but on its own it can still deliver a pleasant bourbon fix at an extremely low price. Though nowadays it is just as hard to find as the Weller 12 year old and every time I am in a liquor store I make sure to check for it and its 12 year old brother. Together they make something quite splendid. Not sure if its really a poor man’s Pappy but it sure is nice. The higher proof, vibrancy and lower sweetness combine perfectly with the 12 year’s deep and richly developed flavors. So I heartily recommend picking up a bottle of this, but I would suggest not drinking it without first mixing it with some of the 12 year old. Together they make a great wheated bourbon that everyone can afford. If they can find those two elusive bottles. Shows where the bourbon scene is today. Certainly can’t find any Pappy, and have to search high and low to find two bottles that should be everywhere. Happy hunting.

Rating: 8.3  (9.1 for Poor Man’s Pappy)


6 thoughts on “Old Weller Antique – Original 107 Brand – Wheated Bourbon – Review

  1. Very nice blog, John! I haven’t had this one yet but it’s probably a good idea to mix in with the 12yo – I found that one a little too woody on its own for my taste. Thanks for the twitter follow.

    • Thanks Florin,
      Glad you like the blog. I have seen you posting on a number of blogs that I follow and I appreciate reading your thoughtful comments. Plus it’s nice to know another San Diego whisky aficionado.

  2. Just found your site, from Tom Thomas’ “whiskey reviews” posting. Good review by the way. I’m also in the San Diego area (RB), and I see the other commenter is in the San Diego area as well. Maybe we should try to gather together other like minded individuals, it would make acquiring some of the “white whales” much more affordable and allow each of us to sample some unique expressions!.

    • I agree. San Diego doesn’t seem to have any whisky organizations. A bunch of new distilleries are opening here and all of our local expertise in brewing beer is bound to give us a jump on the game. I would love to get together sometime and organize some tastings. Seems like it would be a worthwhile investment in time and a great way to meet like minding individuals. Also having a local organization might make our city more attractive for some industry events. I for one prefer not to just sit in Los Angeles’ shadow.

      Oh and on a side note where did you find out about my blog? I can’t seem to find this Tom Thomas’ “whisky reviews”.

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