Barrel #: 653, 159 of 202
Tasted: Neat, in glencairn glass
Beginning this year, Willett Distillery started to release limited offerings of their very own 4 year bourbon at their gift shop. I’m not certain of the mashbill of this particular bourbon, but I believe it is 72% corn, 15% malted barley, and 13% rye. Based on the proof being slightly higher than some of the other single barrel offerings I’m guessing this barrel is from a middle to high floor in the rick house.
Nose: Getting fruit. Banana and pear. Citrus. Rye spice. Caramel. Candy sugar.
Palate: Caramel. That banana and pear is present on the palate. Candy apple. Spice. Respectable mouth feel for 4 years old.
Finish: Long dry finish. Caramel. Oak. Little peanut which I love. Spice.
Grade: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
This is the second bottle of Willett Family Estate 4 year single barrel bourbon I have tried. The first one I had was barrel #523 (see review link below). Both barrels have different profiles. I prefer this barrel #653 more than the #523, but not enough to give it a higher grade. I have had the bottle of #653 open for about a month now, and was surprised how much the youthfulness of the bourbon diminished with some air time in the bottle. I’m enjoying these 4 year bourbons coming out of Willett. No, they aren’t world beaters, but they are enjoyable pours with some unique tasting notes. Cheers!Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, whiskey, Whiskey blog, Whiskey review, Willett Family Estate 4 Year Bourbon #653