Discover the differences between Weller CYPB vs Weller Single Barrel in this in-depth comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!
|Nose||Cherry, butterscotch, maple|
|Palate||Oak, vanilla, cinnamon|
|Finish||Ripe fruit, vanilla, cinnamon|
|Alcohol content||95 proof (42.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat|
|Similar to||Weller Full Proof, Weller 12|
Nose is sweet, with cherry, butterscotch and maple.
On the palate, the Weller CYPB is thin lacking in texture, sweet up-front with notes of caramel, vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon.
The finish lingers with a bit of heat, fruity notes, vanilla and more cinnamon which is present from start to finish.
Weller CYPB is inoffensive and pretty mild, an easy drinker, with sweet and bready wheat flavor, but nothing super loud, complex or remarkable.
The finish is long with very little heat with and spicy and completely uninteresting.
If you can find this whiskey at MSRP which is around $40 is a good deal, but is not worth paying the secondary market prices at which this bourbon is offered.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Weller CYPB:
- CYPB means “Craft your perfect Bourbon”.
- This bourbon is the product of an interactive experience in which more than 100,000 people chose the mash, aging, proof and warehouse placement of the barrels making the first “democratic spirit”.
- Bottled at 95 proof as chosen by the public.
- Aged for 8 years.
- Wheated mash bill was chosen.
- Top floor warehouse placement won by popular vote.
Weller Single Barrel
|Nose||Caramel, cinnamon, oak|
|Palate||Cherry, cinnamon, vanilla, oak|
|Finish||Cinnamon, caramel, vanilla|
|Alcohol content||97 proof (43.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat|
|Similar to||Weller 12, Full Proof|
The nose is mostly sweet, with hints of brown sugar and barrel.
On the mouth it feels warm at first then mellows into a smooth wheated bourbon rich in honey, caramel, cinnamon with a creamy feel to it.
The finish has a medium length, is pleasantly warm, with a tad of oak spice and the traditional sweet brown sugar hint from Buffalo Trace.
The Weller Single Barrel drinks beautifully neat although a drop of water will tune-down the initial warmth while bringing more sweetness and oak.
This is a very nice dram, but I don’t recommend buying it at secondary market prices.
This is good but not good enough to pay crazy prices for it. But if you are lucky to find it at MSRP don’t doubt about hoarding up as much as you can.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Weller Single Barrel:
- Handpicked and bottled one barrel at a time.
- It doesn’t have an age statement but matures for around 7 years.
- Crafted at the Buffalo Trace Distillery along E.H. Taylor, Blanton’s, George Stagg, Buffalo Trace, Sazerac Rye and Pappy among others.
Weller CYPB and Single Barrel are wheated bourbons
The laws that govern bourbon production state that the spirit has to be made from at least 51% corn. Most distillers use rye as secondary grain but Weller uses wheat as secondary grain.
Wheated bourbons have a softer and more gentle flavor as opposed to bourbons that use rye as their secondary grain, and have a slightly sweeter taste.
Weller was the first bourbon to add wheat to the mash back in 1849 when the brand was established. By the turn of the century the brand and the distillery were acquired by Julian “Pappy” van Winkle making an awesome trivia fact.
Weller CYPB vs Single Barrel: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Weller Single Barrel||$900|
Weller CYPB vs Single Barrel: Which is better?
Single Barrel in a landslide
- Single Barrel is the better and by a wide margin over the CYPB that is not even better than the Buffalo Trace, TBH.
- Single Barrel is incredibly tasty, a bit warm at first but not harsh and all it takes is a drop of water to make it sweeter and easier to sip.
- Good luck finding it at MSRP, if not I would not pay the secondary market prices for it. It’s good but not “almost $1,000 good”.
Look into my list of the Best Single Barrel Bourbon where you will find good and more affordable options.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!