W.L. Weller's Ran Out????

W.L. Weller's Ran Out????

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Bill Schadeberg

United States

#1 Feb 2, 2008
I work part time in a retail liquor store and our distributer informed the owner of the store that wellers would not be available until sometime in april 08. They did not say why, so I was hoping some of you all know the answer. Could not find any information about it on the net either. Any insight into this would be appreciated. Thank You.
Rosanne

United States

#2 Mar 13, 2008
Bill Schadeberg wrote:
I work part time in a retail liquor store and our distributer informed the owner of the store that wellers would not be available until sometime in april 08. They did not say why, so I was hoping some of you all know the answer. Could not find any information about it on the net either. Any insight into this would be appreciated. Thank You.
My husband stopped by the liquor store this evening and the owner told him May 08. She didn't know why either. I drink about a Liter a month (it's the only liquor I drink), so I'm concerned! What if I can't have my evening toddy fix? So, tomorrow I will be on a Weller Quest, scouting all the local stores for my pal, W.L. If anyone knows why, please share and maybe we will put an end to this nonsense. Thanks and Bottoms Up!
Tim

United States

#3 Mar 26, 2008
I work at a Retail Liquor Store in Oklahoma and my distributer says that they found a problem at the distillery during a routine inspection. What the problem was I don't know but I do know that the 200ML bottles went up by $20 dollars a bottle which is probably why no one has it.
Walter Johnson

Pratt, KS

#4 Apr 10, 2008
My retailer told me today that he had been out of Wellers for about two weeks. He also said that after the price had gone up about
$4.00 for a 1 and 3/4 liter bottle, that he expected the price to go up another 15% before he had another shipment next month. I say to the people running Wellers, if you think you are in the Crown price range, you are wrong. I have been a loyal customer of Wellers for the past 52 years. If you raise your prices another 15%, you have lost me as a customer. Take your profit and shove it. There are a lot of good bourbons out there that do not threaten their customers. I am truly ashamed of the entire staff at Wellers.
Maurine

Mcpherson, KS

#5 Apr 15, 2008
Tim wrote:
I work at a Retail Liquor Store in Oklahoma and my distributer says that they found a problem at the distillery during a routine inspection. What the problem was I don't know but I do know that the 200ML bottles went up by $20 dollars a bottle which is probably why no one has it.
I was told the same thing by my retailer, but it supposedly only affected the 750 ml no problem I would buy a different size. But last trip there, there was no Wellers! Other stores still have some and the price is still very reasonable. BUT my small town liquor store now just has big and little, no inbetween. And I too was looking for an answer
Karen

Perry, GA

#6 Apr 17, 2008
Resanne, from Longview---You just cracked me up. You and my husband are in the same boat!!! I laughed last week when we went to the liquor store & he came out with 3 1/2 gallons of Weller. I asked him what was he thinking??? He then told me Weller had a shortage of CORN !!!! A key ingredient of Weller. The mid-west boys need to plant more corn !!!
A fellow TEXAN
Jeremy Scott

Lexington, KY

#7 May 8, 2008
W.L. Weller Special Reserve is my everyday bourbon and a couple of months ago I noticed Rite Aid, where I usually pick up my Weller, was completely out. The guy at the store assumed they would be in, in a couple of days, but I thought it was odd since that was the first time I had seen an empty space where the Weller usually sits. Well, months later still no Weller, until today (May 8, 08) I found some at that same Rite Aid. Before today though, a couple of weeks ago I was at a Liquor Barn and they also had no Weller and the guy there said they had been bottling Weller at the wrong age, not quite 7 years old, and got in trouble for it and that is why no one seemed to be carrying any Weller.

On top of all of that, the price of Weller, specifically Special Reserve, has gone up. I use to get a half-gallon of the Special Reserve for $21.99 and now it is $25.99.

Has anyone figured out, for sure, what the heck happened to Weller? If they messed up and was fined for what I described above, and passing their problems onto their customers by jacking up the price, then that is just completely wrong.

Hopefully someone knows the nitty-gritty and we can get these questions resolved.
Brad McQuiddy

Colorado Springs, CO

#8 May 12, 2008
May 12, 2008 My Giant liquor store has a hole in the shelf where the Wellers goes. They did not know why but did say it had been on back order for a long time. I have a friend that I keep Wellers for but he has been upgraded to Makers Mark. He is toughing it out!
George P

Jacksonville, AR

#9 May 28, 2008
My wife drinks Wellers and we can't find any in the Little Rock area. If they don't hurry up and ship some here, I am going to ship my wife there. She is becoming unbearable.
Tim

Mannford, OK

#10 Jun 25, 2008
Well I have Wellers again and the price went up alittle but not 15% or more like I thought.
Hopefully that will be the end of dry wellers days.(bad pun I know)
Steve

United States

#11 Jul 15, 2008
Weller's is up to it again never found out what happened befor. But the shortage has returned. Whats up.
Mozilla

United States

#12 Jul 23, 2008
Y'all just need to try another bourbon. Old Fitzgerald, Makers Mark, Rebel Yell, and Weller all use the same mashbill for their bourbons....so give one of the other labels a try.
Also, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky does not contain GNS aka Vodka like blended and Canadian whiskies...So, your not getting filler either.
Therefor, don't get anchored down to one label. With KSBW go for the highest proof...it has less water in it, and taste similar to what it would in the barrel. Also, the more the age the higher the concentration of these barrel flavors.
Cheers!
Charlieag

Chatham, UK

#13 Aug 4, 2008
Hi,

I work in a small whisky/wine shop in Scotland and I have been told that they have stopped producing. Is this true?
My boss is leaving in September and I was hoping to find a bottle of 19yr W.L. Weller for him, but so far nothing.

Could anyone shed light on this? Are they still producing or is there somewhere I could find the 19yr Weller
Mozilla

United States

#14 Aug 8, 2008
Just to be clear....THEY WILL NEVER STOP MAKING WELLER.

Weller was recently rolled out across to whole nation. That is why they are short in some markets. Your Weller is being enjoyed by someone in another state.

Not to worry, there are tons of great bourbons on the market....even some from the same distillery as Weller.

Try Old Charter, Eagle Rare, Ancient Ancient Age, and Blantons. All are from Buffalo Trace(the makers of Weller).

Also, Heaven Hill makes some wheated bourbons very similar to Weller. Old Fitzgerald, Bernheim and Rebel Yell.

I also recommend Barton's lineup of bourbons...Tom Moore, Kentucky Tavern, Col. Lee, Ridgemont Reserve 1792 and Fleishmanns Rye.

The only group I stay away from is Beam...they spend too much on advertising...which gets passed on to the consumer. So, if you agree...don't buy bottles from Clearmont Ky(Clearmont is where Beam is located). The label should list the production facility at the bottom near the proof.
Pflattyre

Hubert, NC

#15 Sep 2, 2008
I have been calling and emailing the Buffalo Trace distillery for two months, trying to get ANY info on Weller's Special Reserve. No one at the distillery will tell me what has happened, but after searching stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, I can tell you that there is almost NONE left. And every store tells me the same thing - they have been back-ordered for months. I have searched the local newspapersin Frankfort, KY and can't find any news about the distillery. Whatever has happened, it must be a big secret.
Mozilla

Buchanan Dam, TX

#16 Sep 4, 2008
Weller was sold primarily in the south...so, when they opened up new markets...it was not in the south. That is why you won't find much there. Try Binny's of Chicago, they will have some sort of Weller product.

BT does not want to tell you what happened because they already know you are upset about the situation.

Really, there are other wheat bourbons you can enjoy. You won't even have to search for them. When Weller gets back into your area...you might have already found another bourbon you like better. That is the big gamble that BT is taking.

Give Heaven Hills wheaters a run(Old Fitzgerald and Rebel Yell)...they are made with the same recipe as Weller, just at a different location. Which BTW, is much closer to the original Stitzel Weller Distillery, in Louisville...not Frankfort. Heaven Hill also makes a wheat bourbon called Bernheim.

Old Fitgerald makes a variety of proofs and ages. Two of my favorites are Old Fitzgeral Bottled in Bond and Very Old Fitzgerald 12 year 90 proof. The VSOF is outstanding. It blows the doors of the Weller Special Reserve. If you wonder why Weller has a 12 yr 90 proof product.....it's because of the VSOF, it is really that good. Rich and smooth with hints of ripe red fruits and very well balanced. A finish that has good deep oak but not overpowering.

Also, remember that the best wheat bourbon that BT makes...goes into the Old Rip and VanWinkle Family Reserve bourbon lines. So,...Weller Special Reserve is the lowest rated wheat bourbon that BT makes.

I really think y'all are making way too big of a deal out of this temporary shortage. Use it as an opportunity to expand your bourbon pallet and refresh your interest in the art of distilling. You might just get hooked on your new favorite bourbon.

Just a bit about me. I am a member of three bourbon and rye discussion groups. I have bartended and worked in some outstanding establishments in the heart of Texas. I currently have about 45 different bourbons, ryes, scotches and other whiskies open for tasting on my home-bar. And generally love bourbon and the history surrounding it. The actual number of bottles of WSR that I have purchased in the last five years....1. It just is not that great of a representation of the wheat recipe. If you are married to the Weller line...give Old Weller 107 a run. That is a great bourbon! Water it down to what ever proof you want...it only takes a little bottled water to bring it down to 90 proof, if thats what you prefer. You will taste the difference.

Otherwise.....just sit and wait.

BT will bring Weller back....eventually.
Sir Charles

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Oct 16, 2008
Karen wrote:
Resanne, from Longview---You just cracked me up. You and my husband are in the same boat!!! I laughed last week when we went to the liquor store & he came out with 3 1/2 gallons of Weller. I asked him what was he thinking??? He then told me Weller had a shortage of CORN !!!! A key ingredient of Weller. The mid-west boys need to plant more corn !!!
A fellow TEXAN
Actually, it was an issue with the Wheat crop 7 years ago(nearly 8 years now), that created a gap in production. That crazy price was what happened when the last of the inventory before the gap happened. It went into rare availability, so it can easily sell for a premium.

After the gap and the liquor stores started receiving more in stock, any location I have found that has it, is no more than $1 more on a fifth.

Anyway, just wanted to clarify about the reason, and to say it was NOT corn, as there is never a lack of grain corn, but usually excess commodity of it.
Traversos Gourmet Foods

United States

#18 Oct 28, 2008
We've got all the Weller you need. It's been hard to find with the demand out there for Bourbon...give us a visit at traversos.com ...we are a retail shop in Santa Rosa, CA....we ship anywhere that is legal.
Mike

Providence, RI

#19 Dec 16, 2008
Just to affirm something Mozilla said: Old Weller 107 (107 proof, and smooth as silk) is a great bourbon; way above the Reserve. Try it!
Help with weller

Louisville, KY

#20 Jan 27, 2009
I've had a bottle of " old w.l. weller special reserve" for a long time.
It has a foil around the cap, an Indiana tax paid sticker on it. the bottom of the bottle has

64
D379
52

Does this mean the bottle was made in 1964 or 1952

Any help is apreciated.
My e-mail is 1pennypincheratinsightbb.com

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