“[Buffalo Trace] also does a wheated mash bill -- their Weller -- which has really come into fashion lately; because people found out the recipe is very similar to their Pappy Van Winkle line, which is hard to get,” explains Rice.
In a wheated mash bill, like Weller (or Raymond’s above pick of Fitzgerald 20 Year), most or all of the rye is replaced with wheat. This gives it a gentler flavor that uplifts the corn’s sugars rather than contrasts them.
Rice adds: “It comes in at 90 proof: high enough to make your cocktails. It’s less spicy, a little more subtle. You get more of the rich notes: the caramel, vanilla.”