Old Weller Antique Original 107 Brand Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750mL

Alright time for some whiskey, and this time we go for some good ol’ southern bourbon instead of scotch. While Islay may pack a punch, this packs a whole whollup. Normally I ignore a bourbon set at a higher proof as being anything more than a bit boozy, but this is so hot Chris Tucker is reprising his role from Fifth Element.


Part of me wishes I could give this a lower score, but the problem is that while I am not a terrible fan of this type of whiskey – I ultimately respect those who like it. I understand that this is desirable for some folks, but give me a nice mint julep than this bootlegger whiskey.


What they Say: “Genuine old line sour mash, quality unchanged since 1849. Distilled by Buffalo Trace Distiller, Frankfort, Kentucky. The original wheated bourbon.”


Taste: 6.0 – For a brief second or two it’s a nice sweet bourbon.

Aftertaste: 4.0 – However the taste then becomes ‘hot’ which I assume some folks from the south may enjoy, and I can’t fault them for it (I mean I love Islay scotches).

Burn/Smooth: 1.0 – I review booze for a website, and this made me do the whiskey-face. Sorry but this is not smooth.

Aroma: 5.0 – It’s like the power of Big Red cinnamon, but without the taste of cinnamon. I know there’s the term ‘running hot’ which really isn’t just because of proof – but is so here. I dislike it, but that’s personal.

Honesty: 8.0 – The nice shape of the bottle, rich reddish color, lack of wank and the power behind this – simply make it a great whiskey.

Mixability: 5.0

W/ Rocks: 4.0 – It takes that little initial taste and blends it away. It is less powerful, but I would not say improved.

Whiskey and Coke: 6.0 – That makes a serviceable, and at least lets me know how this bottle will be used.

Value: 3.5 – Sorry but if this was some low-tier whiskey I could respect that price. I bought this as an attempt to try some more higher shelf whiskies.

Google Shop Average: $31

Website: http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/


Reviewer Scores:

BuffaloJern: 4.0

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Metric Score: 32.5/70 |+| Metric Average: 4.64 |+| Reviewer Average: 4.0

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Final Thoughts: If you are a fan of the style, this is a good buy and it likely will not kill you while a lower shelf whiskey would. However that’s a small niche and for the rest of us, try another bourbon.


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