W.L. Weller Full Proof Straight Bourbon
Many distilled spirits terms don’t have official TTB definitions, and this is one of them. It’s similar to barrel strength, yet it’s not. Full proof is the barrel entry proof or original proof recorded when the white dog whiskey entered the barrel. W.L. Weller Bourbon is 114° proof (57% ABV) and non-chill filtered. Buffalo Trace Distillery fills their wheated bourbon barrels at 114 proof. This bourbon entirely skips chill filtration to preserve all the naturally occurring residual oils and flavors, which may appear cloudy when cold. The company says offering this high-proof, non-chill filtered version showcases Weller’s signature wheated bourbon flavor and mouthfeel. This expression has a nose of vanilla, dark cherries, and caramel. On the palate, there is a balance of caramel and toasted oak. The finish is said to be long, with notes of crème brulee and chocolate.