Weller Special Reserve “Green Label” is the original wheated Bourbon with a smooth profile.
The Stitzel-Weller Distillery is stuff of Bourbon legend. It was founded on Derby Day in 1935 by Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle himself and some of the most legendary Bourbons and brands were made there. The distillery itself was closed in 1992 and is now a museum-like adjunct of Bulleit Bourbon Experience owned by Diageo. But there is a lot of left-over Weller Bourbon in the storage lofts, along with “orphan” casks from other distilleries. But the Weller brand still produces some of the most sought-after Bourbons of the day — all flowing from the stills in the famous Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Weller is sometimes called “The Original Wheated Bourbon.” That’s because it is distilled from a mash bill of corn, wheat, and barley… no rye at all. And that combination always yields a smoother Spirits with fewer spices notes and more toffee/caramel notes. Weller Special Reserve “Green Label” is their Gold Medal-winning entry into the category. We say it makes an exceptional sipping Bourbon at 45% ABV.
So I don’t look at bottles that don’t have a cork. But I will say this. If you can find a bottle especially for the $18 range that total Wine More is selling it for. Some good hooch!!!
If Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare had a baby, it would be named Weller Special Reserve. It takes on the best of BT and the worst of ER, yet is tougher to find than the aforementioned because of its name.
Very smooth drink that I would grab whenever you see so long as you get it in the $35-$50 range. Little too high on here.
Very nice go to wheated bourbon
I think I enjoy this more than the 107. Nose has honey, butterscotch and sweet smells. The taste brings more sweet smells with slight wheat and a few floral notes.
This is a very smooth easy to drink Bourbon with a ton of flavor. Impossible not to like it.
This is incredible if you can find it, same flavor profile at Pappy, I did a side by side tasting, and no doubt Pappy is better its not THAT much better. The big difference, as this dissipates on the finish, the Pappy finishes long and complex.
For such a low price point, this is an exceptional bourbon. WHen you see it on the shelf, buy it.
Really solid bourbon, nice brown sugar and caramel notes!
A longtime favorite
It is smooth, delicious, and one of the best sipping whiskeys I’ve ever had. It is a go to!
Smooth taste, worth getting.
Pretty good for the price but folks who think this is pappy are out they minds. The ethanol is a little too forward for me. In the price range I think it’s second to Elija Craig.
After going back to this a couple more times I like it more and more each time.
My go to
A nice wheated Bourbon if you can get it for at or near retail price, which should be around thirty dollars. Honestly Makers is just as good if not better. It is absolutely not surplus or reject Pappy. That persistent myth is just about the only reason the prices on this bourbon have been driven up to idiotic levels.
Very solid if you get at retail vs what they are listing at here
Like it. The backend bite surprised me.
Very Tasty, but I’m more of an E.H. Taylor small batch kinda guy. Still better than most in my opinion
Good everyday wheater. Nothing special, but good.
This is Special Reserve is amongst my daily sippers. The popularity of SR has made it a hard to find, low priced bourbon. I usually pick up a bottle to have on hand when I see it. Taste wise, it is a smooth low-proof bourbon that goes down easy. I personally find the front end to not be as sweet as other bourbons with hints of vanilla and citrus while the finish is shorter with dull grain and earthy tastes. I recommend this bourbon if you can pick it up for under $30, over that and I'd look for something else.
Not the best Weller, but I still like it
This is my favorite reasonably priced bourbon right now. I’m you taste the sweetness of caramel and butterscotch with a bit of spice at the end.
Great to sip on ice or in a old fashion. It’s getting hard to find.
It's Weller Special Reserve...it hasn't really ever been anything special. Due to its "highly allocated" status recently, people tend to go crazy over it for no reason other than its name. It's decent, especially for the (retail) price. Makes a great cocktail, but that's about it. Definitely not Weller's best.
It's a smooth, mellow sipper. If you find it for a reasonable price, definitely get it. I wouldn't pay the markup for it ever.
Wasn’t that impressed
Very smooth, awesome wheated bourbon
Could it be the surplus Pappys as has been suggested by some experts? The folks at Buffalo Trace are doing something right
The absolute best every day drinking bourbon! Love it!
Solid bourbon, if you can find it
My first wheaten Burboun. Definitely different than other Bourbons. Worth a try but may take some getting used to.
Separating out all the BS / hype, this is really good whiskey. I've done blind taste tests with other wheaters and this (along with the Antique and 12 yr) always come out on top for me. The only caveat I give is this is a wheater. If you don't like the more fruit forward and mild flavor, and prefer the "big" oak, caramel and spice of higher proof or high rye bourbons, this may not be for you. But for other - IF you can find it at something close to MSRP - grab a bottle!
Rich, sweet , and smooth.
Okay, but not that special, there’s better bourbon for the price.
25 to 30 maybe but don’t pay more.
Great flavor combination and very smooth! Would recommend for non-whiskey drinkers even straight or on the rocks. (I drank this side by side with the Antique 107 and Full Proof. It was second to the 107.)
Pretty darn good
Color is a dark Amber. Nose gives notes of oak, leather, and bread, with an overall sweetness shining through. First sip is a balanced sweetness, toffee with a buttery undertone. Notes of nutmeg and vanilla finishing the palate, before a pleasant appearance of oak and the slightest burn that lingers just enough to remind you this is 90 proof Bourbon. Overall this is very good and very easy to drink.
I like it, but I think it's overated.
Only problem with it is that it flies off the shelf too quickly. One of my favorite table bourbons. So smooth.
Sweet and smooth. Not harsh at all. Want more!
Very smooth, not much bite. A bit of petroleum on the pallet.
Smooth and sweet, and bitter
A lovely light-bodied whiskey. Goes down very smooth.
Another gold standard. Not Widow Jane 12 but right up there.
You want a smooth bourbon?
Blend wheat into it and stamp that historic "W" on the cap.
Good everyday drinker
Excellent as always, smooth, tastes as described.
Really great bourbon but I can find it for 25-30 usd around me..
I agree. Fantastic bourbon but I can get it here in GA for $25.99
Absolutely. Max $45. Good bourbon, but that price is ridiculous.