Willett Straight Rye Whiskey
By: Fork & Stave
Proof: 110 Proof (55% ABV)
This is a review of Willett’s Single Barrel Rye. This product is distilled in Indiana by LDI and bottled in Bardstown, KY by KBD. LDI is also responsible for distilling Templeton Rye, some of the High West offerings, Bulleit Rye, and Redemption Rye. This rye’s mash bill is 95% rye and 5% barley. This is bottle 200 of 204.
Tasting Notes: After letting it breathe for 10 minutes, I tasted this rye whiskey neat.
Nose: Spice with touches of vanilla, brown sugar, ginger, and pine needles
First Sip: Wow! Warm and sweet caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and toffee flood the pallet followed by peppermint. Hot on their heels are notes of oak and clove. Every time I take a sip of this rye whiskey, I remember why I love it so much. You can get lost in the depth of flavors.
Mouth Feel: The whiskey mouth feel is smooth, coating everything with sweet candy and mint.
Finish: Willett Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey leaves your mouth clean with just a little warmth. After the sugar dissipates, it has an almost astringent finish. I’m left ready to do it all over again while trying to pick out new flavors in each sip.
Summary: Willett is one of the top rye whiskeys out there, in my opinion. I’m always amazed at the smoothness of this rye for only being 2~3 years old. Bottling at 110 proof results in complexity and sweet character that makes this rye truly unique. I think it’s a steal at around $35 at most stores.