It’s official! Weller Full Proof is real. Today, parent company, Buffalo Trace confirmed that the long awaited expression is bottled and almost ready to ship. So, get ready for a wheated, non-chill filtered, 57% ABV Weller.
“We expect fans of Weller will be excited about this new offering. Bourbon drinkers are asking us for high proof and non-chill filtered bourbon more and more,” said Kris Comstock, Senior Marketing Director in a statement. “Bar owners and liquor stores who have selected barrels of Weller over the years will regularly request their bourbon to be non-chill filtered. It will be nice to offer Weller Full Proof as an option.”
As mentioned, the juice is a high proof, wheated bourbon. Buff-Trace told media that the new expression offers “a nose of vanilla, dark cherries and caramel;” as well as “a balance of caramel and toasted oak” on the nose; and a “long [finish], with notes of crème brulee and chocolate.”
Of note, the bottles feature a cork top. After some internet controversy surrounding the previous (and then ‘improved’) screwtops, this change is welcome.
Notably, the non-chill filtered bourbon will also hop on board the wheated whiskey wagon. Last year, Weller flirted with the growing wheated whiskey trend. Their “Craft Your Perfect Bourbon” (C.Y.P.B.) program crowdsourced suggestions for a new flavor profile. The distillers then created a new spirit based on the results: CYPB Wheated Whiskey.
For those eager for more info, the PR people provided a couple more details. “This bourbon forgoes chill filtration to preserve all the naturally occurring residual oils and flavors, but this whiskey can potentially appear cloudy when cold,” boasted promotional materials. “By offering this high proof non-chill filtered version, Weller’s signature wheated bourbon flavor and mouthfeel will be showcased.”
Weller Full Proof is slated for June release. The distiller said the moving forward, the expression will be released once annually in limited quantities. MSRP is $49.99, but if the ‘limited’ part is serious, expect those figures to skyrocket on the grey market.