William Larue Weller 2003 - Barrel Proof

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Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
New American Oak Barrels
Number of bottles
67.7 % Vol.
750 ml
135.4 Proof
Added on
08 sep 2016 7:31 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 2720.97

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Whisky reviews for William Larue Weller 2003 - Barrel Proof

13 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.71 points.

  1. sebstevebai scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    I am a sucker for Bourbon and this hits me right away. The cask influence is excellent.
    • Nose
      Outstanding Bourbon nose: Hawthorn, mixed berries fruit bar, apple fruit-rolls/snacks you would get in a college cafe, umeshu/maraschino cherry, vanilla.
    • Taste
      The 67.7 abv is the real MVP here. Super-duper aromatic and flavorful on palate. Very nice tannin that shines through all other flavors.
    • Finish
      Vanilla and spices. NOT bitter.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    To me the first thing I notice on the nose is Parma violets, sweet pastries, cinamon , rum & raisin ice cream, warm pecan nuts.
    Palate neat, spicy and hot, sweet and quite simply too strong to enjoy some water is added which makes the nose better.
    On the palate there is a candied sweetness, mixed with pepper, rich syrup and raspberry sauce like you put on an ice cream.
    Still trying to rip my tongue out, add a little more water
    The profile is pretty simple but I like the flavours, once you get the right amount of water this is tasty.
    why it is bottled at this strength puzzles me because this is so much better with water, the flavours are swamped by the alcohol neat.
    Score is for with water.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. voodoochile scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    I tried this once before, nearly three years ago, so a revisit is certainly justified given how much I enjoyed it [90].

    N: This is a shopping list nose but to spare you the agonising detail, in short it’s all about the abundant & deliciously rich vanilla (but not in a first-fill whiskey way), and the coulis fruits – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries – only a shade confectionary. There’s a huskiness too with only a medicinal hint.
    T: With water – boom, fruity! Get the water management right for a rapidly ascending oily bitter-savoury-sweet fruit explosion that stretches out. Oily oily and more oily savoury fruit juice – pow!
    F: More luscious oily vanillas that stretch out further & further with a bitter medicinal touch at the end on aniseed, bitter menthol and husky liquorice wood.
    C: This certainly deserved a revisit. It’s changed a bit, I’ve changed a lot, but the score remains.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    My best bourbon I've tasted so far. Complex, powerful, but refined. 90/91.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Caramel, honey, spicy oak, lacquered wood, exotic fruits, citruses and cola.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Powerful but refined. Tannic oak, citruses, tropical fruits and Verbena candies.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, spicy, oaky.

  6. Kumachan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    ● The dress.
    Mahogany brown, very fine and tight tears, regular with fine and slow drops.

    ● The drop on the palm.
    Burnt wood, a nice butterscotch caramel with vanilla, hazelnut, licorice and chimerole to finish off the acerola.

    ● The nose.
    Very warm and dense, spicy and fruity, lots of pastry.
    Black pepper, iagenburi spice (luxury shichimi), a ubiquitous caramel, cooked butter and golden brioche.
    Cinnamon and baked pear coated with chocolate, ginger, ginseng and turmeric, a pine resin background on worked fir board.
    Banana flambé and peanut ice cream.
    Back to pepper mango and chimerole.
    Camphor and violet candy finish.

    ● The mouth.
    Waaa what depth and intensity! A spice market: Cinnamon, nutmeg, leather and brown tobacco, dark chocolate melted and then growing with creamy almonds and marzipan, small presence of soft caramel.
    The pear is cooked again, in raisins, candied orange and black pepper.
    A big lift of exotic fruits on the longan, the mango and the apple-cinnamon, superb.
    The end of the mouth is elegant and floral: Faded old rose and violet candy.

    ● The final.
    Very long and deep. Rose and violet, a long persistence on slightly bitter licorice and dry herbs.

    ● The empty glass.
    Peppery and fruity: cinnamon apple, violet candy, cashews and candy necklace from childhood, pine resin and jackfruit.

    A hallucinating Bourbon, pure piss of good god! An exemplary integration and balance, a bewildering complexity and infinite and deep perfumes.
    Great art that will appeal to rum and whiskey lovers.

    If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 92.

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Spectacular bourbon! And a good swimmer as well. By now this bottle fetches some 750 to 1000 EUR. Crazy! A big thank you to my Canadian buddy Robert for the very generous sample.
    • Nose
      Wow, very aromatic and complex nose. Toffee apples, caramelized orange peel, raisins, butterscotch and a single drop of balsamic vinegar. Sirop de Liège and almond cake with cherry liqueur. Cinnamon, gummi bears, cola candy and maraschinos. Some mint with a hint of pine cones. A-ma-zing! But it can take water too. It becomes sweeter still and more candy-like, but loses nothing of its complexity.
    • Taste
      Ka-boom! Hefty arrival, but it remains drinkable without water (thanks to saliva glands that go into overdrive). Honeysweet on all kinds of sugars and loads of fruit, just like the nose promised. The cola candy comes to the fore and brings a smile to my face. Soon that is joined with lots of other flavors such as sugared almonds, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, candied sugar, ginger and quite a bit of liquorice. The tannins are starting to get a grip on the whiskey, but the spirit fights back and remains sweet. Diluted it becomes mercilessly sweet and keeps the tannins at bay.
    • Finish
      The finish is one of spicy peppers and cinnamon with just a few bitter oranges at the death, even if you added some water.

  8. GJR scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. DrBardamu scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96

  10. Glennie scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Wonderfull dark colour. Toffee/crude sugar nose. So rich. Some herbal notes and winter green. Hints of mint.
    Mouth: So intence. Huge sweetnes, but not cloying at all. Herbal, aniseed and wintergreen. Cinamon and vanilla. I just can’t take it all apart. Intense an multi layered as few bourbons.
    Finish: Long, sweet and herbal. Intense oak. Perhaps a bit too intense there, but this is a minor flaw.
    This is rather overwhelming. Had I tried this 3 years ago I’m not sure I would have understood or appreciated it. But it is one of the absolutely best bourbons I have tasted so far.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Probably the best bourbon I have ever tasted. However, it seems to me that intrinsically, the bourbon will never reach the Scotch in terms of complexity and I find a little always the same taste facets - especially in the mouth. Not in qualitative, but in quantitative terms. So: Enthusiasm: Nose 5/5; Mouth and final 4/5
    Whiskey n ° 1413
    • Nose
      Varnish, polish for furniture. Concentrated caramel syrup. The best crème brûlée of your life. Honey.
      With water, more wooded. Nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Spices. Intense ! The oak is very present and it gains in size. In the following sips, it is more juicy, with hints of cherries. Not so fat for a bourbon.
    • Finish
      Very drying for the first sip: breaking of oak. A little less later, corn offers a little fat to compensate.

  12. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Update... this is so so good, I purchased an additional 3 bottles from an auction... 5 bottles total in the bunker for future enjoyment!

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: Super-dark in colour with oloroso-drenched pancakes, crumble topping and a light sticky toffee pudding.
    T: Salty, strong and concentrated ‘juice’, leaning towards aniseed, liquorice and menthol
    F: ....... turns to liqueurs & tinctures to finish
    C: This is rather fabulous, just a point less than the superb GT Stagg WB - though both offer similarly hefty price tags despite substantial batch sizes.

    Scores an A -

  14. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    An absolutely wonderful bourbon, possibly the best to come out this past year. Rich, decadent, with lots of cinnamon and caramel, against a nicely balanced oaky background. To me, it's not easy to find a bourbon that is great from start to finish, and this certainly was it. Upon opening my bottle and having a sip, I quickly stocked up on two more bottles, both at secondary prices. Not easy on the wallet at all, and ridiculous for a 12 year old whiskey, but for me, the knowledge that I can continue drinking this for the foreseeable future is worth it. No water is needed. It's that good.

  15. Pxrider scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Note by Thecasks.com
    The Nose: Even at such high proof, this is lush and approachable – Autumn dessert in a glass. Rich, sweet notes of butterscotch, caramel apples, juicy, pulpy orange slices, and cherry cola. There’s an almost vin santo-like caramel-y, raisin-y aspect to this that’s incredibly damn pleasant. Behind that there’s almond cake, and stone-ground wheat crackers. The oak is sturdy, and a little leathery and dusty, filled with vanilla, cinnamon, dried citrus peel, a little bit of clove and a hint of wintergreen. Not that it is necessary, but water integrates everything a little more, calms the sugar and oak and coaxes out more fruit and grain notes.

    The Palate: Again, very manageable despite its high ABV. The sweetness from the nose carries over; Muscovado sugar, flat cola, and more juicy, tangy-sweet orange. It has a wonderfully complex mid-palate with salted almonds, toasted bread, French butter cookies, sticky vanilla bean, and bittersweet chocolate. The wood is quite grippy and tannic, but comes on slowly, giving all the previous elements space. Polished oak, strong cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and a bit of barrel char or burnt sugar towards the end. Just a bit of water takes an already wonderful palate and makes it more languid, giving all the complexity more room.

    The Finish: Long and warming, full of oak and peppery spice with lingering hints of citrus, cinnamon candied almonds, those butter cookies, and a fading whiff of that wintergreen.

    Thoughts: Fairly spectacular. From start to finish, a fantastic bourbon. This was a little different from the last one I tried, the 2014. It relied more on the sweeter notes and the bread-y, dessert notes rather than the slightly more rugged “old library” notes of that earlier one. This is wonderfully complex and balanced throughout. Despite the high proof, this manages to take its time and progress in expertly made fashion. It’s not often that I find myself liking a bourbon’s palate as much if not more than the nose, but this is one of those times. Possibly the best Weller I’ve had yet, and my favorite of this years Antique Collection. Highly, highly recommended.

    William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 2016 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

    67.7% ABV

    Score: 93


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