One doesn't often think of buffalo in Kentucky but the distillery takes its name from the buffalo path (or "trace") that led to the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County.Buffalo Trace Distillery takes pride in the limestone water (being notably free of iron) and good soil conditions for grain. The site has had a working distillery since 1787 but the official Buffalo Trace first began operation in 1857. It obtained one of only four permits offered during Prohibition to maintain production for "medicinal purposes." Today, the distillery sits on a picturesque 119 acres and produces several labels of bourbon. Buffalo Trace was named Distillery of the Year by the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It was named a national historic landmark in 2013.
William Larue Weller bourbons are considered "wheated" bourbons named for William Weller who--according to Bourbon Enthusiast--first began making bourbon with wheat instead of rye. To our mind, this creates a bourbon with a softer, subtler flavor profile that is not as robust but not as spicy as rye grain. These bourbons are generally unfiltered, giving them a chewy feel and a haze if drunk with ice.
Old Weller 107 is named for the 107 proof (stiff!) and unfiltered though still off the 120+ proof of the uncut Buffalo Trace's Antique version.They say that on the "mid-palate" it will have a "flavor profile [that] is heavily wheated "like Wheat Thin crackers" and a "long, sweet, okay and intensely grainy" finish.