Lately we’ve been talking a lot about these Weller Pants on Twitter and Facebook. So, we thought we’d talk about them here as well! These awesome (and cute) little holiday pants contain the Weller Special Reserve and Weller Antique. These two bottles will be the subjects of our blog this week!
First, as always, we would talk a bit about the distillery. Having some background is always a great way to enter the topic of any product. However, we have already talked about this one! W.L. Weller is a brand of wheated bourbon whiskey, currently produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Our blog on Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection—Infrared went through their history, and you are welcome to read about that here.
What sets Weller apart right off the bat is its initial components. Like other bourbons, it is distilled from a mash of at least 51% corn, but the secondary grain is wheat, most bourbons use rye.
Now, let’s get to the review. The W.L. Weller Special Reserve nose is strong, the first wave is definitely that of alcohol. However, if you stick around for just another second, it is sweet, with notes of apple, honey, and vanilla—a beautiful combination. The palate is where the wheat really makes a difference, as one can expect. The vanilla sticks around and now we can taste caramel. The taste is smooth and has a nice finish.
Next is the Weller Antique. First we’ll talk about the nose, as always. Our first whiff is that of spice, lots of spice. You can tell that this will be a warm one. The layers come across as nutmeg, cinnamon, and deeper is vanilla as well as butterscotch. The palate feels a bit light and thin at first. Which was incredibly surprising, given the impression it made through the nose. However, the finish is larger than life and even better with a second sip. The flavor, again, is sweet due to that wheat as opposed to rye, but the taste of the alcohol is strong enough to remind you it is definitely a Weller bourbon.
Both of these bottles are an absolute must have for any whiskey bourbon enthusiast. The bottles are available for purchase at your favorite local Payless, and you can reserve your Weller Pants today for the perfect holiday gift! (It can be a gift for yourself 🙂 )
Kentucky is the home of many famous distilleries but the topic of this week’s blog is one of its smallest and oldest. Nestled amongst rolling hills, the Woodford Reserve Distillery was founded in the early 1800s by Elijah Pepper. It was here that whiskey making practices, including the implementation of sour mash into fermentation, used today were actually developed. Master Distiller James Christopher Crow was the man behind the development of these practices, and we owe him many of the perfected products we so love today.
The Woodford Reserve Distillery was also one of the first to utilize copper pot stills. You can see these and other iconic pieces of history (such as a 500-foot-long gravity-fed barrel run and 100-year-old cypress wood fermenters) on site today. In addition to these founding pieces of the practices of distilling, you can see one of the only heated cycled barrelhouses in the world. This is particularly incredible because heated cycled barrelhouses ensure that “every drop seeps into the charred and toasted white oak, giving Woodford Reserve its color and signature flavor. Woodford Reserve distillery is standing history, and riddled with the culture of Kentucky distilling.
Now, onto the star of this post, the Woodford Release 2016 Master’s Collection Brandy Finish. This is the latest release of Woodford Distillery’s Master’s Collection series. As always, let’s start with the aroma. It’s sweet, the first notes to hit you are that of chocolate, followed by dried cranberries and spice. We’re already think this would be an incredible bottle for the holidays!
Next is the initial taste. The first sip is filled with toffee, hazelnut, and a little maple syrup. Its warmth matches its amber color and is everything we could have hoped for and more. The finish is even better, with long lasting notes of warm caramel and nutmeg. It had us reaching for our glass again immediately!
This bottle is nothing short of incredible, and truly upholds the Woodford Reserve name. The last item on our docket is to make sure you reserve your own bottle from your favorite Payless so you can get a chance to try it, too! Trust us, you will not regret it.
This particular bottle that we are going to be talking about today is cognac at its best. I think Hennessy themselves said it best, “it is the first in a series of rare and limited offerings”. Yann Fillioux is a 7th generation Master Blender and the conductor behind this masterpiece, as well as many others from Hennessy. Unlike other cognacs, which strive for consistency, the Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection Number 1 is completely unique and a coveted rarity.
Hennessy is actually called Jas Hennessy & Co. and its headquarters are located in Cognac, France. They sell about 50 million bottles a year worldwide, which equates to 40 percent of the world’s cognac. Oddly enough, Hennessy was founded by an Irishman named Richard Hennessy in 1765. It is also the world’s largest luxury brand, as it is owned in part by Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. With nearly 30 products and many being limited edition, it’s no surprise that it’s such a popular and coveted cognac.
Now, let’s get down to business. This particular bottle is crafted to be particularly aromatic. It’s scent is bold, but with delicate notes to follow. The first wave is of strong oak and grilled almonds while the second of spicy undertones. The palate is alive with candied apricots, those same delicate spices like clove and cinnamon, followed by earthy oak as a strong finish that will leave you reaching for your glass again.
This limited edition product is unique and can never be duplicated. Its rarity is enough to provoke a collector to reach for their wallet, but the taste and aroma are even more enrapturing than the lore of Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection Number 1. Be sure to reserve your bottle at your favorite local Payless, and let us know what you think!
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