Weighing in at only $8 more than the Special Reserve I can say with confidence that the Old Weller Antique 107 is completely worth every penny and then some. On the quality-of-bourbon-to-dollar-scale it’s value is only surpassed by the Weller 12 which we’ll be getting into very soon.
Essentially the Antique is the same thing as a the Special Reserve except that it’s bottled at a higher proof, which really does make all the difference in the world. It’s more balanced than the Special Reserve, has a fuller body and is much more flavorful than the SR. The added proof makes it almost a completely different whiskey.
Overall, I think this is just plain great stuff and has become a staple in my house when I can’t find the 12 locally. The nose is lighter than on the 12, but crisper than on the Special Reserve and the flavor is just a tad muted when compared to the 12, but far more robust than the SR. I can’t really call it a middle ground because it’s far closer to the 12 than the SR, but no matter where you place it between the two one fact remains. It’s damn good bourbon.
Old Weller Antique 107 Review
Distiller: W.L. Weller and sons / Buffalo Trace
Big caramel notes combine with vanilla and a soft oak to create an aroma I could nose all day long. Honey, cherries and a mild dark fruit waltz in and out of olfactory perception with a bit of pepper lurking in the shadows.
Caramel comes out first followed by honey, dark fruit, bourbon spice and a very pleasant bit of wood. Hanging out with these savory characters are hints of coca, notes of citrus and touches of dried dark fruits like raisins and prunes which get stronger with a splash of water.
Hot and hangs heavy on the palate, but exceptionally easy to drink for a 107.
Caramel and vanilla support a wood and brown sugar heavy finish that fades out ever so slowly.