Bottle:32 of 115
Nose: Strong vanilla. Oak. Milk chocolate. Butterscotch. Spice. At this point, I have probably tried well over 200 different bourbons. Sometimes you can just sense by the nose that it is going to be a special pour. This is one of those pours….. Side note. I mistakenly left the finished glass out overnight instead of putting it in the dishwasher. I smelled it the next morning and it had fantastic notes of pipe tobacco, cigar box, and caramel. I wanted to make a necklace and hang the glass from my neck to smell at my leisure throughout the day. Incredible!
Palate: Holy smokes! Rich and elegant flavors that explode on the tongue. Unlike any bourbon I have tasted before. Similar notes to the nose. Milk chocolate. Old oak. Spice. Heavy vanilla and caramel. Berries. Great oily mouthfeel that coats your mouth. This pour is definitely oak forward, but in a good way. More like a sweet oak that adds a ridiculous amount of complexity.
Finish: Long! And I mean really long! HEAVY old oak. Chocolate. Caramel. The aftertaste notes are still present 10 minutes after your last sip. The finish makes you want to go back for more. Truly incredible.
Grade: 98-100 (A+) = Booze Nirvana
This is a special bottle of juice! The best of the best, no doubt. I have tasted some pretty good whiskey over the years including the very popular and hyped Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection lines. This bottle blows them all out of the water. I have also tried around 12 different Willett Family Estate wheated bourbons and this particular bottle is #1 or #2. The only one that compares is the c19d that I have tasted. In general, I have found that the 21 year old Willett Family Estate wheated bourbons are better than the 22 year old bottles released in 2015.
The Willett Family Estate hyper aged wheated bourbons retail for between $300-$400 and are extremely limited. Almost all the releases of these single barrel bourbons are done at the Willett gift shop in Bardstown, Kentucky. So unless you live in Kentucky or are an out of towner doing distillery tours and get lucky, you will most likely never get the chance to purchase one of these bottles at retail.
The retail price is a lot to spend on a bottle of booze. The first time I was lucky enough to buy one I was almost sick to my stomach that I spent that much money on a single bottle of bourbon. Then I tasted it, and I felt much better about the purchase. Is it worth it? If you have the financial means, hell yes! The way I think about it. Where else are you going to find a cask strength 20+ year wheated bourbon? The answer is nowhere, and once these barrels are gone, there might not be another offer like it again in the industry. However, those are just the credentials of the bourbon. What really separates this c13d bottle and other (not all) Willett Family Estate wheated bourbons, is that they are some of the best bourbons I have ever tasted. Cheers!Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, review, whiskey, Whiskey review, willett family estate, Willett Family Estate 21 Year Old Wheated Bourbon c13d Review