An update on this subject. Last night we hosted a small party. In attendance were some bourbon drinkers; my son-in-law, and a couple of the husbands of neighbors of theirs. Used the tasting boards above and poured the following: WL Weller Special Reserve, Pappy 12 yr, Pappy 15 year and the Blend that was the subject of this thread. One of the guys attending is the Executive Worldwide Chef for Bloomin Brands. I told them ahead of time what was in the glasses. I thought it would be interesting to see the differences based pretty much on age and barrel selection as they all supposedly have a similar mash bill.
The Special Reserve is rumored to be approximately 7 years in barrel. Everyone enjoyed it. The Pappy 12 was enjoyed even more and the 15 even more. So we come to last one - the blend of Weller 12 and Weller Antique. Surprisingly my son-in-law enjoyed it the most. The chef guy, who is really good at identifying tastes, thought it tasted very similar to the Pappy 12. I didn't notice the alcohol had much now as in the past.
I did, however, pour the samples about an hour before we started the tasting and don't know if that softened that final blend or not. But I'm much happier with the experiment now. Sadly I have less an a quarter bottle of the Pappy 12 but still about a 1/2 of the Pappy 15 and even more of the blend.
As an aside I made a lavender martini for the ladies which was a huge hit with all who tried it including the men.