“[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.”
“It used to be age-stated at seven years. They dropped that age statement, but now I would imagine it’s still aged at six to eight years." We checked with Buffalo Trace Distillery, and they say Rice's taste buds are on point; Weller Antique is still aged for seven years.
"It’s 107 proof, which really stands up. The same wheated mash bill, just a different age, different proof on it. We do two different mint juleps at the Dollar. One of them is our Weller Antique. It’s richer and slightly sweeter. We like to use that high proof in our mint juleps.”