caramel
butterscotch
sweet
floral
honeysuckle
bread
woody
nutmeg
jasmine
Spiral W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

W.L. Weller
Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose, you find notes of caramel and sourdough bread.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is rich and sweet with dessert tones of toffee, butterscotch, nutmeg, and toasted wood.

Finish
The finish is short with lingering floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle.
Price:
$90.99
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W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey is adored for its caramel, butterscotch, sweet and floral flavor notes.

This Bourbon is carefully distilled at Buffalo Trace distillery, United States.

Based on 399 votes, the average rating for W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey is 8.1/10.

Top reviews for W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey:

— This is one of the best bourbons I have had - very smooth and balanced with a great flavor profile.

— Loved it!!!!!!

— It was excellent
  • Category
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    45%
  • Distillery

W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

(0.75l, 45%)


8.1/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Brian
Brian,
This is one of the best bourbons I have had - very smooth and balanced with a great flavor profile.
 
Eddie
Eddie,
Loved it!!!!!!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Simple, but balanced. Much better and a much better deal than Blanton's.
 
Colin
Colin,
Fairly standard bourbon. VERY smooth. Classic caramel flavors plus some dark fruit, and good sweetness balance. I had heard about various Weller, but they are very difficult to find in AZ so I paid the Flaviar price (consistent with secondary, all I can get in AZ), and it's just not worth it. Buffalo Trace has a similar profile (classic caramel flavor, balanced), but less than a 3rd of the price. If you are like me and will never find a bottle of Weller's in your region without paying a premium, go ahead and skip. It's good but not THAT good. You can find almost as good for much cheaper.
 
Jason
Jason,
It was excellent
 
guest
guest,
Very good bourbon for the MSRP price. Nose: Caramel candy notes with a little oak. Palate: Sweet caramel pound cake start moving to a more oak finish with the slightest spice. Finish: Short, but pleasant finish with a warm Kentucky hug. Bottom Line: Very good bourbon that is worth $20-60 for a 750ml bottle. Not worth secondary pricing I've seen over $100 when there are so many great options under $60, like Old Forester Prohibition, Elijah Craig BP and WT Rarebreed.
 
luke
luke,
I blinded this against makers 46 , woodford wheat and larceny. It won, but it was close. Zero harshness but a little thin. Great nose. This is a great 27 dollar bottle and a horrible 99 dollar bottle from flaviar
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Sweet, VERY sweet. Paid $50, not sure if it's worth it to be honest. Not a bad wheater but not my favorite. Really short finish but great toffee flavor on the palate.
 
Jason
Jason,
Now we’re talkin’!
 
Lee
Lee,
Not sure what all of the hype is about. It's good, not worth the huge mark up. I'd buy it again for under $40.
Sean
Sean,
Agreed. This is a $30-40 bottle if bought at MSRP, not $100
William
William,
Cheaper Pappy!
 
Chris
Chris,
The better Buffalo. I would drink this everyday if it weren't so hard to find.
 
Chris
Chris,
It's an easy drinking wheated
 
daniel
daniel,
would never by at $110+?? this is $29.99 here in atlanta and is just ok at that price id rather have buffalo trace
Carl
Carl,
It's about $27-30 south of the city. Definitely not worth the costs on Flaviar (as allocated bottles tend to have massive upcharges) but I personally find it boring compared to Larceny (cheaper and easier to find...though that may change with having won awards).
Daniel
Daniel,
As good as it gets for a $30 bottle
 
Carl
Carl,
Very smooth, easy drinker. Sweet as a wheat would be expected to be, not much flavor or depth, but enjoyable. Eye: Golden Nose: Oak, sugar Palate: Oak, butterscotch, toffee, leather, caramel, wheat Mouth feel: thin Finish: short
 
Ryan
Ryan,
An absolute favorite. If given the opportunity, do not pass on a chance to try.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Smooth. Great flavor without a strong aftertaste but little burn
 
Chris
Chris,
Wheated bourbon. Decent classic bourbon flavors, but not too complex. Caramel, some vanilla. Very rounded off flavors, I imagine due to wheat content
 
Nitzan
Nitzan,
Caramel and smooth
 
Mike
Mike,
At anything close to retail this is an outstanding value. Sweet, smooth, but complex. A must try.
 
Rob
Rob,
I drink it on the rocks. Extremely smooth and in my opinion, one of the best bourbons there is.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
I did this tasting as a part of a blind tasting against a woodford double oaked, Michter's 10, and sonoma county cherrywood rye going down and back (shout out to bourbon junkies for giving me the idea). The Michter's 10 was a 2016 year. First time down there was a bit of a sweet banana woody nose which matched the taste of a sweet beginning. The way back after about a 5 minute break I had hints of licorice and spice that weren't there the first time and the flavor completely transformed into a sweet spice. Overall a good whiskey and placed 3rd in the blind taste test behind double oaked and michter's 10.
 
guest
guest,
One of the best in the buffalo trace line for sure. I luckily found a 1.75L in Texas for $40. Here in Los Angeles, a 750ml is $100. You can find all the same characteristics and quality in a $25 of buffalo trace. I always go back and forth between the two but Weller is better. Nose: dark fruits(cherry) sweet vanilla, caramel. Pallet: i personally get a black cherry note in Weller green, buffalo trace, and EH Taylor Small Batch. Light black pepper and cinnamon Finish: see above.
 
Edward
Edward,
Sweet finish, caramel, toasty, not over proof!
 
Kent
Kent,
This is about as good as it gets for me. Great balance, great finish.
 
Jae
Jae,
Great taste and price. A staple of my home bar.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Very good bourbon, especially if you can get it at list price. A sweeter and smoother version of the Antique (which I prefer and would recommend if deciding between the two).
 
Ray
Ray,
In my opinion, this is the ideal whiskey. Just the right balance of heat, sweet, fruit, and smoke. Glorious.
 
James
James,
I love wheated bourbons. My personal preference is Weller Antique (107) but this is very smooth and in my opinion best neat. It hits caramel and vanilla notes for me and lingers pleasantly. Yes, the price was higher than I would have liked, but demand is crazy right now. I did get this for $35 a few years back and hope to see it there again or get discounted bottles.
 
David
David,
I loved it as my everyday Bourbom but now feel they have pumped the price up where its not affordable as a everyday drimk
 
Jason
Jason,
This is one of my favorite bourbons of all time. Not long ago I could get this size bottle for $17.99 in my area. This rating is 100% due to the ridiculous price on this lately. This was a very good every-day, go-to bourbon. Now it's just SMH and move on to the next.
 
guest
guest,
The perfect bourbon at the nexus of affordable and taste. Unfortunately, that’s what makes it so hard to find but is always a must buy when I do
 
Terry
Terry,
Good as a mixer. Price here is not reasonable. $30 off the shelf in Colorado. Nose is like ether. Smooth nice wheated bourbon. Mellows with butterscotch afternotes. Prefer Makers.
 
Colton
Colton,
Caramel Sweet with a little peaty bite in the tail
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Tasty bourbon, but i refuse to give a good rating when you see pricing like this. I just bout a 1.75 ltr of Special Reserve at my local liquor store for $35. I don't care if it's hard to come by in other states this price is preposterous and Flaviar should be ashamed.
 
Clifford
Clifford,
One of my favorites
 
Mike
Mike,
Price gouging aside for a 20 dollar screw top bottle (I paid 60 like an idiot, never again for any bottle) This stuff just isnt that good. It taste like 20 dollar bourbon because thats what it is. Paying ridiculous prices won't net you a better product. It just proves you are a fool like me.
 
Chris
Chris,
Love this whiskey. Its incredibly complex. Will not disappoint unless you were nursed on Pappy.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Very good drink, Smooth, little sweetness, not very harsh at all with little burn. Awesome over ice! Waaaaay overpriced on here! You can find it for 20$ in the stores, if they have it.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Good whiskey - not worth secondary market price. Easy low proof sipper.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
An incredible bourbon for $30! Sweet and well rounded, I prefer the higher proof 107, but this one is great. The price on here is rediculous, just go to a nearby liquor store and I bet you can find it for cheaper. Way more interesting drams at the $100 price point.
 
Erik
Erik,
Part of the most overrated line of bourbon in existance, despite the coveted and sought after nature of the Weller line this is nothing more than a bottom shelf, budget wheated bourbon. If you pay anymore than $30 for this you are an idiot.
 
guest
guest,
7.5/10 - great mixer
 
James
James,
Near perfect, but absolutely viable as a daily drinker. Too delicious as a mixer. A bit hot out of the gate, but calming with an oaky and sweet mid and finish.
 
Amy
Amy,
This is a good Bourbon for everyday drink.
 
Zach
Zach,
Very smooth, one of my favorite Bourbons.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
On the palate is soft wheat, caramel, and citrus notes wrapped in a honey butter. Lingering sweet black pepper and slight oak char on the finish with a medium tail. Well-balanced and warming wheater. After serving in the Louisville Brigade during the Mexican-American war, William Larue Weller returned home to his native Kentucky. His family had helped settle Kentucky in the late 18th century, and his grandfather, Daniel Weller, purchased a distillery in Nelson County in 1800. (When Daniel Weller died, his estate was inventoried and was said to contain three whiskey barrels, two stills, one mash kettle and numerous dry kegs). Upon his return to Kentucky following the war, W.L. Weller joined the family business and began working at his grandfather's distillery. Weller had a sharp palate and a keen sense for business and in 1849, he introduced the first bourbon ever that used wheat as its secondary grain instead of rye. Wheated bourbons (including Pappy Van Winkle and Larceny Bourbon, which eventually imitated W.L. Weller's mashbill) have a softer and more gentle flavor profile as compared to bourbons that use rye as their secondary grain, and have a slightly sweeter taste. Weller's bourbon was incredibly popular in antebellum America and ultimately forced him to place a green thumbprint on his invoices and barrels as a certificate of authenticity.
 
David
David,
Amazingly sweet and drinkable. The perfect bourbon if you can find it for a good price
 
Noah
Noah,
Very easy drinking, approachable, non-aggressive bourbon. Won't overwhelm noobs. It's not magical though and it's certainly not worth $90. I get this for $27 a bottle in Oregon, but each store gets an allotment so sometimes you don't see it for weeks. Still, I'd never pay $90.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Smooth, butterscotch finish. Delightful bourbon.
 
guest
guest,
Classic.
 
George
George,
Second favorite behind Weller 12. Smooth, sweet, full flavored, and yeah, smooth.
 
Michael
Michael,
Outstanding bourbon, unfortunate price.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Decent bourbon. Not hot, mild wheat and caramel. The Flaviar price is absurd, however. I can buy it at my local liquor store for $22.99. It's worth that; it's not worth more than $25.00 tops.
Marty
Marty,
Wow, where do you live? Might be worth the drive.
Noah
Noah,
$27 a bottle outside of Portland, Oregon. Stores are given a small amount at a time though, so you have to buy it when you see it.
Jim
Jim,
Excellent drink
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Alcohol, sweet on the nose...butterscotch? Definitely a wheater on the palate, fruity with a bit of heat. Has a short, sweet finish.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Very good bourbon! Price is way too high on here, and it is hard to come across. Wish it was more readily available.
 
guest
guest,
Decent bourbon for the price. Heavy wheat flavor.
 
guest
guest,
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!!!
 
Clayton
Clayton,
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.
 
Kendal
Kendal,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Very nice go to wheated bourbon
 
Ray
Ray,
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.
 
Alex
Alex,
This is a very smooth easy to drink Bourbon with a ton of flavor. Impossible not to like it.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
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.
 
Josh
Josh,
For such a low price point, this is an exceptional bourbon. WHen you see it on the shelf, buy it.
 
guest
guest,
Really solid bourbon, nice brown sugar and caramel notes!
 
Perry
Perry,
A longtime favorite
 
Tom
Tom,
Very nice
 
Ryan
Ryan,
It is smooth, delicious, and one of the best sipping whiskeys I’ve ever had. It is a go to!
 
John
John,
Smooth taste, worth getting.
 
Seth
Seth,
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.
Anthony
Anthony,
Which Elija Craig?
guest
guest,
My go to
 
Aaron
Aaron,
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.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Very solid if you get at retail vs what they are listing at here
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Like it. The backend bite surprised me.
 
guest
guest,
Amazing !!!
 
Zach
Zach,
Very Tasty, but I’m more of an E.H. Taylor small batch kinda guy. Still better than most in my opinion
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Good everyday wheater. Nothing special, but good.
 
JERAMIAH
JERAMIAH,
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.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Not the best Weller, but I still like it
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
Matt
Matt,
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.
 
Tom
Tom,
Meh!
 
Mike
Mike,
Wasn’t that impressed
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very smooth, awesome wheated bourbon
 
Rick
Rick,
Could it be the surplus Pappys as has been suggested by some experts? The folks at Buffalo Trace are doing something right
 
Jeff
Jeff,
The absolute best every day drinking bourbon! Love it!
 
guest
guest,
Solid bourbon, if you can find it
 
Evan
Evan,
My first wheaten Burboun. Definitely different than other Bourbons. Worth a try but may take some getting used to.
 
Ken
Ken,
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!
 
Richard
Richard,
Rich, sweet , and smooth.
 
Mike
Mike,
Okay, but not that special, there’s better bourbon for the price. 25 to 30 maybe but don’t pay more.
 
Tana
Tana,
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.)
 
guest
guest,
Pretty darn good
 
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
 
Tom
Tom,
I like it, but I think it's overated.
 
Sean
Sean,
Only problem with it is that it flies off the shelf too quickly. One of my favorite table bourbons. So smooth.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Sweet and smooth. Not harsh at all. Want more!
 
Joby
Joby,
Very smooth, not much bite. A bit of petroleum on the pallet.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth and sweet, and bitter
 
Isak
Isak,
A lovely light-bodied whiskey. Goes down very smooth.
 
James
James,
Another gold standard. Not Widow Jane 12 but right up there.
 
guest
guest,
Solid
 
Harrison
Harrison,
You want a smooth bourbon? Blend wheat into it and stamp that historic "W" on the cap.
 
Charles
Charles,
Good everyday drinker
 
Jon
Jon,
Excellent as always, smooth, tastes as described.
 
Creston
Creston,
Really great bourbon but I can find it for 25-30 usd around me..
Robert
Robert,
I agree. Fantastic bourbon but I can get it here in GA for $25.99
Taylor
Taylor,
Absolutely. Max $45. Good bourbon, but that price is ridiculous.
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