W.L. Weller’s Reserve

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Stephen and I have batted around the idea of live-tweeting cigar and whiskey pairings, and we finally tried it out last Tuesday. On the Twitter account, you’ll see that I covered the Weller Reserve side while he’s stuck to his forte, cigars. (His review of the Bobalu Texas Select Limited Reserve will be up soon). Keep in mind that these are fairly random pairings — insight into better matches is always invited from y’all.

We started out on the back porch, with notepads and Stephen’s Mac Book at the ready. It seemed a little unnatural to be live-tweeting while smoking Lacné Futbalove Dresy and sipping. You’ll notice on the Twitter account that the time gets longer and further in between tweets as we wheeled off into different subjects of conversation–namely ghosts, the oncoming storm, and other plans for the site. Still, here’s what I gleaned after starting the glass with one ice cube:

The first sip of Weller’s Special Reserve reminded me of a particularly strong old-fashioned cocktail. The ice had not yet melted, and an intense orange flavor punched up my palate while a clove-and-cinnamon taste substituted well for the bitters. After the initial blast, the characteristic, chewy wheat flavor started to drift upwards. While I did mention the German dark wheat bread in last week’s review of the Old Weller Antique,

Old Weller Antique

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I picked up a bottle of Old Weller Antique right before I headed down to Padre Island. Schools of black drum spawn off Padre in late February and early March — they’re beefy creatures that put up good fights. I’d actually meant to purchase W.L Weller Special Reserve, another wheated bourbon I’d taken along to a deer hunt last December. Like the Reserve version, I can’t help but think that this bottle of Antique would also be better enjoyed in wintry weather.
I started with one ice cube out on the back porch. The first sip delivered a fine textural balance, filled with cloves. A lot of bourbon falls on either the syrupy or watery sides of the spectrum. The Antique split the gap nicely, though some tastes resembled