W.L. Weller Special Reserve - 1990s S-W - 45%
Stitzel-Weller Special Reserve (Paper Label) sealed my obsession with dusty bourbon. First taste was at a friend's bottle share. Some big pours on the table - older vintages of William Larue Weller, A.H. Hirsch 16, Four Roses SmB 2013, and a handful of favorite store picks. The glass I was thinking about the next day was the Louisville Paper Label. I got a chance to try it again recently thanks to another generous bourbon friend.
Notes: Aromatics are expressive and deep. So much frosting grounded by earthier notes. Old oak. Apples. Whipped cream. Fresh brownies. Salted caramel. More layers on the palate - Green apples. Whipped cream. Caramel. Layered oak. Dates. Touch of mint tea. Full and weighty. Fruitier on entry; lightens toward the back. Never loses the thread of candied notes.
Score: 8 (Stash One) On point for an easy sipper. Drinks heavier than its proof. Straight crusher. Might be missing that extra gear for you if you only drink over 100 proof. For me it's got enough complexity. If you're pouring, I'll gladly take another.
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour