Layers of character with cinnamon spice at the fore, balanced by cherry gastrique, a hint of vanilla and oak. This is a lively dram that opens up nicely in the glass as a little of the heat subsides. Incredibly flavorful, you’ll forget about its 115 proof in no time, as it is well integrated with a baking spice-laden rich mouthfeel. Touches of burnt orange peel and cherry emerge through the long finish. A rye to be savored, for long-time fans of Willett's whiskeys this estate bottling is the dawn of a new era.
There’s a sign that reads “BARDSTOWN Bourbon Capital of the World” as one enters the sleepy town of around 13,000. It’s lush, green parks and quaint downtown give this town an idyllic, “Pleasantville” movie-like feeling. And the industry that the town prides itself most on is, obviously, the bourbon biz. Well, it’s not just a bourbon stronghold, at the family owned and operated Willett Distillery (aka Kentucky Bourbon Distillers) they are immensely proud of their rye whiskeys too. Their newest release is a limited one again, with small allocations going out around the country. Our allocation is small, and you’ll be wise to stock up now. This is a definite must-own for rye whiskey lovers.