Willett Straight Rye Whiskey Rare Release: Review

willetThree years-old, 55.6 ABV, 111.2 Proof

Willett is another one of those whiskies I’d never heard about a little over a year ago, and then I started seeing it everywhere—everywhere but on the store shelves of my home state of Arkansas. Willett Whiskey is the kind of juice that people rave about. They build apps to track the different rare releases and special bottlings. I even read a blog post where a whiskey aficionado named her new born daughter “Willett” because she loves it so much. Luckily, I have a friend who travels often to Montana for business, and he took a picture of the shelves at his favorite store there and asked what I wanted. This bottle immediately drew my eye, especially at a very reasonable $44. While I’d love to get my hands on some of their older and rarer bottles, this must be from the  stuff they distill in house now, rather than source.

Eye

A dark amber honey with medium legs

Nose

Peppery and floral notes typical of rye, with a touch of cotton candy.

Mouth

It hits the tongue hot and spicy, then fades into a slow delicate burn that gently opens up as it lingers and brown sugar appears. A little thin on the mouth feel side. After adding a touch of water I got more bitter bass notes, revealing deeper depths of flavor. It definitely got more complex the longer it breathed. Overall, it’s a very elegant and refined rye, especially considering its young age. In a flight of other ryes, I thought that Michter’s was more well-rounded, but with a shorter finish. And High West Double Rye had more peppery punch.

Rating: 🥃🥃🥃

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