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Spirits review: W.L. Weller 12 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky


Why does this sublime bourbon always seem to be released in Canada nowhere near my birthday? The love grows fonder each year, yet supplies vanish by the time I'm presented with the generous question: "What would you like as a gift?" The world has William Larue Weller to thank for pioneering a style known as wheated bourbon. Adding substantial quantities of smooth, delicate-tasting wheat to the bourbon mash bill, which by U.S. law must contain at least 51-per-cent corn, vaults America's signature spirit out of Hazzard County onto main street – in a good way. The hooch is worthy of a tuxedo rather than overalls. Big, smooth and rich, it's loaded with dried apricot, toffee, toasted corn and axle grease. A pinch of cayenne adds the exclamation mark. Brilliant.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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