Discover the differences between Woodford Reserve Wheat vs Weller Special Reserve in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!
Woodford Reserve Wheat
|Nose||Oak, bread, cinnamon, apple|
|Palate||Cherry, bread, brown sugar, baking spice, oak|
|Finish||Cinnamon, apple, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Woodford Reserve Malt|
As opposed to most wheated bourbons such as Maker’s Mark, Larceny and even Weller that only carry between 10% and 20% wheat in the mash, the Woodford Reserve delivers a highly wheated bourbon at 52% wheat!
This provides strong bread-like hints to the whiskey making it particularly interesting.
On the nose, the traditional Woodford Reserve oaky note comes first, followed by hints of bread and cinnamon-dusted apples.
On the palate, Woodford Wheat displays a good creamy texture. Flavor is sweet, with a strong hint of cherry, brioche bread, brown sugar, baking spice and just a bit of oak spice.
The finish is dry, with very little warmth to it. There is a lingering cinnamon and apple aftertaste along more oak and spice.
The finish is quite dry, more than in any other Woodford Reserve release, so you better keep that in mind before purchasing it.
The Woodford Wheat goes down very smooth, with a nice lingering note of vanilla and apples. Drinks nicely neat or rocks, with very little warmth to it making it a good sipper.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Woodford Reserve Wheat:
- Made using a mash comprised of 52% wheat, 20% malt, 20% corn and 8% rye.
- It does not have an age statement.
- Woodford Reserve is owned by Brown Forman along Jack Daniel’s and Old Forester although they are all crafted at different distilleries.
Weller Special Reserve
|Nose||Maple, apple, leather, oak|
|Palate||Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, baking spice|
|Finish||Old leather, cinnamon, oak|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat, add water|
|Similar to||Maker’s Mark, Larceny, Bernheim|
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 citrus.
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.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Weller Special Reserve:
- Weller uses an undisclosed amount of wheat in the mash but likely to be around 15%.
- Weller was the first bourbon back in 1849 to add wheat to the mash as a secondary grain behind corn.
- Weller is aged anywhere 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 van Winkle, E.H. Taylor, Blanton’s, George Stagg, among others.
Woodford Wheat vs Weller: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Woodford Reserve Wheat||$40|
|Weller Special Reserve||$61|
Woodford Reserve Wheat vs Weller Special Reserve: Which is better?
Weller is slightly smoother than Woodford Wheat
- This is a tough one as the Weller is just a bit smoother than the Woodford Reserve, which is also drier, but priced at a 50% discount under the Weller.
- If they were priced evenly I would go for the Weller as it makes an easier drinker but once you insert price into the equation I would go for the Woodford Wheat.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!