I put a few glasses of the David Nicholson 1843 in the hands of my assistants here at K&L and told them it was a sample from a new Weller 107 single barrel that I had just purchased. Their eyes lit up and not one of them assumed the whiskey wasn't what I said it was. In fact, they were downright stoked about the quality. Then I immediately confessed. Alas, it was not Weller 107, but rather a new 100 proof wheated Bourbon from Luxco, the folks behind Rebel Yell and Ezra Brooks. How much would it cost, they asked? A cool $26.99, I replied. The nose is an absolute dead ringer for Weller. If you poured it for me blind, that's what I'd say. Pencil shavings, sweet oak, and caramel. Big spice. 50% ABV booming right out of the glass. The palate has more of those three elements, but also a creaminess that's perhaps even more compelling. The finish has another flurry of oak spice, pepper, cinnamon and clove. It's basically a really great version of Old Fitzgerald BIB in a different bottle and for the price I'm backing up the truck. I'll have no problem selling every single bottle we can get. (David Driscoll, K&L Buyer)
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