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 drinker.
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.
Palette - 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 109.4 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.
"All the rye flavours you love, but with some bourbon notes to boot. This bottle looks, smells and drinks like a whiskey 3 times the price." - Rob Morton, Distiller
- Country: USA
- Region: Kentucky
- Distillery / Brand: Willett
- Age: 4 Year Old
- Standard Drinks: 32.59
- Alcohol Volume: 54.7%
- Size: 750mL
- Style: Straight Rye Whiskey