Store Picks: Weller Antique 107 – Old Hickory Whiskey Bar
Pick Information - This offering was chosen by Katie Garret and her team at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar in Pensacola, Fl. This pick is 107 proof and is non-chill filtered. This sample was provided to me by Colonel Steve Akley. Follow Steve on Instagram
Color – Deep golden color
Nose – First nosing I get a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon spice. When I go back for a second and third nosing, the cherry fruit notes come out.
Palate – Heavy spice on the front of the palate, some tobacco in the middle, and cherry flavors on the end.
Finish - Medium mouthfeel gives a nice coating. Finish is short on the front of the tongue but lingers on the back with a small Kentucky hug on the back.
Wallet – These pics range from $39-$50 which is an absolute bargain if you were able to pick one up at Old Hickory. Regular Weller 107 is $24-$30 if you can find it at retail. Spending the few extra on this pick is a no brainer
Head to Head – In comparison to a non- pick Weller 107 I find this Old Hickory pick is a little more spicy but in a very good way. The heavy spic compliments the cherry from the fruit to leave a unique but balanced bourbon.
Bourbon Wes says – Overall, very solid pick by Katie and the folks at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar. If you are in the Pensacola area, I would stop into their bar frequently and be on the lookout for future private barrel selections. I only wish the Colonel wasn’t so greedy and had sent me an entire bottle.
Rating (tasting notes + price point + uniqueness) – I would rate this store pick a 7 out of 10.
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Ratings System: 1-2 – Would not suggest to anyone. Literally not drinkable neat.
3-5 - Solid pour but not considered special. Would not purchase second bottle
6-8 - Excellent pour. Robust, interesting, and different compared to regular offering.
9-10 - Outstanding. Hunt for multiple bottles. On par with allocated releases.