Whisky review: Willett 6 Year Old Family Estate Single Barrel Rye #124

Category: US Rye Whiskey

Origin: Willet Distillery

Bottling: Willet Family Estate Bottling

ABV: 58.7%

Cost: $79.99

WilletRye124

What they say:

Willet Family Estate Bottled Rye

tasting notes

We need more Rye to drink, so this is a great edition to the market. Even a quick nosing reveals that Rye nose of grassy, herbal goodness with a sweetness that follows it. The palate is well balanced with a herbal mintiness, intertwined with a sweetness that dances on your tongue until it exits with a spiciness. This is a great utility whiskey to drink neat, make an Old Fashioned, or hold up to a rock.

tasting notes courtesy of:
Bill Thomas,
Jack Rose Dining Saloon

What I say:

Produced and bottled at the Willet Distillery, an independent and family-owned distillery that dates back to 1936 situated on the outskirts of lovely Bardstown, Kentucky. This single barrel #124 Rye whiskey (distilled from at least 51% rye in the mashbill) was bottled at cask strength 58.7% ABV. Obtained as a sample exchange from Sjoerd at Malt Fascination

Colour:

Dark autumnal brown 12/20 thick oily legs

Nose:

Sweet, maple syrup, butterscotch, caramel, polished woody oak, some spiced cinnamon and nutmeg, peach and pear (tinned) fruit cherry, camp coffee, chicory leaf, tobacco, white pepper, maize

Taste:

Popcorn, bubblegum, caramelised sugars, molasses, treacle, date, fig roll biscuits, spun sugar, toffee-covered popcorn, buttery caramel, toffee, butterscotch, fruity and spiced peach & cinnamon, tobacco, & sandalwood

Finish:

Medium, sweet spiced fruit

Overall:

Slightly fruity and spicy from the corn/maize, very nice

Score: 87/100

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