Thanksgiving: the official kick-off to the holiday season, and as such, a dry run for Christmas and then New Year’s shortly thereafter.
Hosting this year? Or invited as a guest, perhaps for the first time to meet the family of a “special someone?” Just spending time with family, to break bread and appreciate all that the year has had to offer. Whatever the reason, there should come a time during the day to make a toast to good times had, and with that in mind, imbibe in some fine bourbon this Thanksgiving. Make it W.L. Weller this Turkey Day. You can’t go wrong with Weller, it shows you “know your stuff,” but also appreciate a value, and that you did a little due diligence in procuring it.
W.L. Weller is a product of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky and like much of what Buffalo Trace has to offer, is subject to limited availability. Billed as the “original wheated” bourbon, W.L. Weller stands in a unique class of bourbons, who substitute wheat for rye.
For those of you that need a refresher, here is a brief history lesson. For a whiskey to be called a “bourbon,” there are a few strict guidelines that the spirit must adhere to. They are as follows:
- Must be produced in the United States
- Must be made from a grain mixture of at least 51% corn
- Must be aged in new, charred oak barrels
- Must be distilled to no more than 160 proof (80% alcohol by volume)
- Must be bottled at 80 proof (40% abv) or more
Hence, all bourbons are whiskeys, but not all whiskeys are bourbons. And since wheated bourbons make up just a small fraction of the market, they do present a noticeable shift in taste, one that a regular bourbon drinking will be able to pick up almost immediately.
And with the continued popularity and legacy of Pappy Van Winkle, ranked consistently as the best bourbon in the world, W.L. Weller is a great substitute. Pappy Van Winkle is made in freakishly small batches, and is extremely difficult to source by liquor stores and drinking establishments alike. Many bourbon devotees will go their entire life without ever tasting a drop.
Whereas Weller (and there is some disagreement as to the basis behind the relation) is in the same “family” as Pappy Van Winkle, made at the same distillery, using similar ingredients as well as similar techniques. It may not be fair to call Weller the “brother” to Pappy Van Winkle, but it most definitely is a “cousin.” And one that is much less expensive and considerably easier to get your hands on but with a similar structure and tasting profile.
So this Thanksgiving, share some W.L. Weller with you family, friends and loved ones, celebrating this holiday season and the good things that 2016 assuredly has in store.
Remember to enjoy responsibly and have a safe and memorable holiday.
Read tasting notes and reviews at the Buffalo Trace website:
W.L. Weller is available for sale at Astor Wine & Spirits:
Astor Wine & Spirits
399 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003