The people behind Buffalo Trace did research a few years ago, asking their fans on the type of whisky they’d like to see. A website asked several questions, including the preferred recipe of whisky (rye, bourbon, wheated bourbon), the age, the proof, etc. The results came in, and the Craft Your Perfect Bourbon was born. It’ll be an annual release and is probably the best in the Weller series.
The original Craft Your Perfect Bourbon wasn’t specifically going to be a Weller product. It came down to votes. Over 100,000 people voted. Buffalo Trace fans asked for a wheated bourbon, at a higher proof-point (90-99), and in that eight-year-old age bracket matured at the top of the warehouse. Since the final votes came in favor of the wheated bourbon, the first C.Y.P.B. release falls under the Weller brand.
This is a bourbon reminiscent of some of the young Pappy Van Winkle line with boozy cherry notes, but it lacks the dry finish of the older Pappies. Instead, you’re offered wonderful sweetness and great citrus notes. It’s a vibrant whisky, with plenty of depth and lots of character.
Nose: Stone fruit, crushed fruit (raspberries, cherries), beautiful sweet sugary notes, a touch of lemon. The caramel notes take a back-seat (for a bourbon), but they’re beautiful. Dusty notes.
Palate: A wonderful hit of flavor, crushed citrus, brown sugar sweetness, great oak spice. The finish is fantastic. The flavors hit the palate hard. Crushed fruit carries through from front to back, and the transition from sweetness to spice, to dry sweet (think vermouth) finish is really quite incredible. Nice licorice elements.
Overall: This is quite possibly the best Weller product out there. The elements are true Weller, amped up. Even compared to the 107, which is an immediate blast of flavor, this is more rewarding in terms of depth.