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W.L. Weller Aged 12 Years Kentucky Straight Bourbon, United States


They bill this as the "original wheated bourbon," referring to a style that generally results in a smoother, softer flavour. William Larue Weller, the 19th-century distiller after whom the brand is named, reputedly pioneered the addition of considerable amounts of wheat, as opposed to barley or rye, to the mash bill, which for a bourbon must contain at least 51-per-cent corn. The brand is now owned by the Sazerac Co., which makes a variety of other whiskies, including Buffalo Trace. I love wheated bourbons, the finest of which, I believe, is the extremely rare and expensive Pappy Van Winkle. This one's smoother than a riverboat gambler, brimming with dried apricot, toffee, cereal and an attractive whiff of axle grease. And on the finish you may note a pinch of spicy cayenne. Way to go, Mr. Weller.

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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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