Age: 3 years
Barrel #: 423
Tasted: Neat in a glencairn glass via a sample
Within the last year Willett Distillery started to release limited offerings of their very own 3-year-old rye whiskey and 4-year-old bourbon at their gift shop and a few retailers. In Willett Family Estate fashion, the offerings are single barrels at cask strength.
Today, I’ll be tasting the Willett Family Estate 3 year rye whiskey, barrel # 423. This bottle contains Willett’s high rye, rye mashbill (74% rye, 11% corn, 15% malted barley). Suggested retail around $45.
Nose: Corn. Can still smell the youth to it. Typical rye spice and mint. Caramel.
Palate: A flash of sweet corn, then quickly greeted with that rye spice and mint. Sweet notes of caramel and vanilla start to open up as your get further down the glass. A nice rounded pour for being just 3 years old. I like this rye better than the sourced MGP ryes that Willett Family Estate previously released. In particular, I don’t get the dill that I usually taste in the MGP rye whiskey.
Finish: Long. Tongue holds onto that rye spice. Mint. Caramel.
Grade: 87 – 89 (B+) = Great, Always want to have a bottle
This Willett Family Estate 3 year rye whiskey #423 is just another example of the bright future Willett has ahead with its own distillate. It isn’t a super complex pour, but it is a lovely expression of a true rye whiskey with notes of mint and rye throughout. Surprisingly, I prefer this high rye mashbill over their low rye. I do like the low rye, I actually thought it was going to grade higher than the high rye, but it came down to the high rye being a more rounded and balanced pour. Cheers!
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