Age: 3 years
Barrel #: 230
Bottle #: 189 of 215
Tasted: Neat in a glencairn glass
Within the last year Willett Distillery has 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, these offerings are single barrels at cask strength.
Today, I’ll be tasting the Willett Family Estate 3 year rye whiskey, barrel # 230. This bottle contains Willett’s low rye, rye mashbill (51% rye, 34% corn, 15% malted barley) compared to the high rye mashbill (74% rye, 11% corn, 15% malted barley). Suggested retail around $45.
Nose: Toffee. Rye spice. Mint. Citrus. Pear.
Palate: At first entry it is sweet with caramel and toffee notes. Then you are quickly greeted with the rye spice and mint that you were expecting from a rye whiskey. Also I get a hint of banana. Not overly complex, but solid.
Finish: Long. Lot of rye spice. Oak. Mint. Chocolate. However, on the finish is where this pour starts to faultier slightly. There is a dryness and toughness at the end of this sip that disturbs the balance of the whiskey. Not a big deal. Still an enjoyable whiskey, but this needs to be accounted for in the final grade.
Grade: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
This Willett Family Estate 3 year single barrel rye whiskey, barrel #230 is a solid pour. As I reviewed previous, I do surprisingly enjoy the Willett Family Estate high rye mashbill, barrel #423 more. I thought I would have enjoyed the higher corn content in the low rye mashbill, but high rye barrel is just a more balanced/rounder whiskey.
Although, I’m not convinced I like the high rye mashbill more than the low rye. This was just a comparison between two barrels. Although, I am certain I like both of Willett’s rye mashbills more than their previously sourced MGP rye. I’m definitely looking forward for more single barrel, cask strength offerings of Willett’s rye whiskey, which is probably getting close to 4 years old at this point. Cheers!Tags: Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, review, whiskey, Whiskey blog, Whiskey review, willett family estate