Back in February I wrote a piece on the soap opera called Old Weller Antique. This past Friday our group settled in at 10:00 a.m. to taste through 12 samples of OWA. As I mentioned in previous posts, our group was offered a younger OWA for this tasting which turned out to be 6 year 4 months old. My feeling was that this was an opportunity to try the BT wheated mashbill at a younger age and and see how it compares to our
As we began tasting the samples, it was clear, at least to me at the time that we were afforded another set of very nice samples. I tuned in on three specific samples that really stood head and shoulders above the others. Other samples exhibited short finishes, thin mouthfeel or dry and tannic entries and those were quickly dismissed on my list. The top three I identified exhibited great noses, big sweet entries of rich caramel, candied fruit, creamy mouthfeel and long lingering finish. After all were done tasting we tallied up the votes (again, silent voting so there would be no undue influence) and my top pick, barrel #12 was the #1 pick of the group so it clearly was a favorite.
My hat is off to Buffalo Trace for again taking the time to host our group and also provide some great bourbon for sampling.
We spent the afternoon grabbing a bite to eat and then visiting the Getz Museum. If you have been to Bardstown or have plans to visit at some point, I would encourage a visit to the Museum. It has some great examples of old bourbon, bourbon history and some very nice displays. I ended up buying their book "Whiskey; An American Pictorial Book". If you do visit, please make sure you give a small donation as the museum is free.