Discover the differences between Garrison Brothers vs Weller in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!
Garrison Brothers Small Batch
- Nose: Oak, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar.
- Palate: Oak, grass, cinnamon, maple syrup.
- Finish: Long, oak spice, fruity.
Garrison Brothers is made from organic 74% Panhandle white corn, 14% red winter wheat, and 11% barley making it one of the few wheated bourbons in the market.
The nose is big on oak at first, giving way to vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar.
On the palate, you get a blast of wood at first, along oak spice and a sting of heat yet not too severe. As you let it develop a hint of dry grass pops-up, along cinnamon and maple syrup.
The finish is long and somewhat warm yet pleasant, with more oak spice and a fruity note with a bit of banana to it.
Adding water releases more maple syrup, but also intensifies the already high oak note which is the common theme from nose to finish.
Not an easy bourbon, it’s bold and a bit too high in oak but if you have a fétiche for wood you are gonna love it.
Learn how it compares to the Blanton’s Single Barrel!
There are a few facts worth knowing about Garrison Brothers Small Batch:
- Bottled at 94 proof.
- Aged for 3 years in full-sized barrels.
- Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.
- Founded in 2005 making the first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in the Lone Star State.
Weller Special Reserve
- Nose: Maple, apple, leather, oak.
- Palate: Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, baking spice.
- Finish: Old leather, cinnamon, oak.
Weller became the first wheated bourbon back in 1849. The mash is unknown but the wheat content is around 15%.
Nose is smooth and mostly sweet, rich in maple honey, apples, with some old leather and oak coming behind.
On the palate, the Special Reserve brings caramel, vanilla and cinnamon at first, followed by dark chocolate and a dash of orange.
Finish is warming yet pleasant, somewhat dry, with lasting flavors of old leather, spicy cinnamon candy and oak spice.
Drinks nicely neat with very little to no burn, yet adding a drop of water releases sweetness, along more oak making it more tasty.
Weller Special Reserve is smooth and sweet as you would expect from a wheated bourbon. It could use more body as it feels to be lacking a bit, but overall this is a satisfying pour nonetheless.
Learn how it compares to the Weller Antique 107!
There are a few facts worth knowing about Weller Special Reserve:
- Bottled at 90 proof.
- Weller is aged from 4 to 7 years.
- Earned a Gold Medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- Weller is crafted at the Buffalo Trace Distillery along the Buffalo Trace, Pappy, E.H. Taylor, Blanton’s, George Stagg, Eagle Rare, among others.
Garrison Brothers vs Weller: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Garrison Brothers Small Batch||$85|
|Weller Special Reserve||$63|
Garrison Brothers vs Weller: Which is better?
Weller is an easier drinker than Garrison Bros
|Whiskey||Garrison Brothers||Weller Special Reserve|
- I was curious to find out if Garrison Brothers is the hype and I got disappointed by it. Not a bad bourbon but too high in oak demanding a very specific type of bourbon aficionado to enjoy it.
- Weller Special Reserve is a better balanced and smoother bourbon quite easy to drink, hence its enormous popularity.
- It could use a bit more body as it feels a bit thin, but no off-putting or harsh notes making a nice and easy drinking bourbon.
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