Review #24 - Old Weller Antique Store Pick (In Fine Spirits)
Special thanks to IamNorris for this sample! I have plenty of calories left to me after a busy day, and it seems I'm pre-approved to start the home buying process. Sounds like a day worth a drink to me! I haven't actually had Weller Antique before, but we're kicking off with a store pick of it. It's the first day of Spring! Happy Ostara, people!
Nose: Spicy heat from the alcohol, but not overpoweringly so. Caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, nutmeg and cinnamon. Letting it breathe a while brings the oak out strongly with some faint orange peel citrus.
Palate: Tongue coating and full flavored. Warm nutmeg and a floral cinnamon backed by caramel, vanilla, and enough oak to balance it out.
Finish: Sweet caramel, vanilla and oak, with just a touch of orange peel. Nice balance. If it were a little longer it would be magnificent.
Verdict: Doesn't drink like it's 107 proof for damned sure. Very delicious. I'm hoping the regular bottle is as tasty. A large step up from Maker's Mark, although I've not had the MM Cask Strength. Maybe I'll grab one of those split bottles and give it a try to compare.
Would I buy this: Yes. Especially at MSRP, most definitely. I guess that's why it's never on the shelf.
Would I order this in a bar: Oh yes. As long as it's not crazily overpriced, I would definitely order this.
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes, and thank you!