A Small Batch 4 year old Rye Whiskey from Willett
Willett’s reputation blossomed over the past decade taking them from cult status to full on juggernaut thanks to the passion of their adoring fans. This has caused their distillery-only releases to fly off the shelves. This Willett Family Estate Small Batch Rye is matured for four years in hand selected White Oak barrels for four years. Bottled at a cask strength this powerful rye is deeply complex with a touch of sweetness followed by toasted notes.
The ‘Family Estate’ series was introduced in 2008 as a chance to showcase exemplary whiskies, often in single casks.
The barrels that went into this small batch combined to make an amazing drink.
Nose - Beautiful layering of brandied cherry over a mildly tart cherry. It opens up with time and is reminiscent of cutting into your dessert with your fork which releases cinnamon and baking spices with just a hint of oak to remind you that this is high proof youthful.
Palate - A robust rye with dark cherry, burnt vanilla, and spices for days. It's a delicious rye with a weighty mouthfeel.
Balance - It's insanely well balanced with the alcohol so perfectly integrated at 115 proof you'll forget its there, but you'll find yourself smiling more and happier with each dram.
Finish - the finish is long and the spices dominate this batch, while the cherry does punch its way through to the surface.
750ml | 54.5% ABV | Kentucky, USA