Willett Bourbon

In the spring of 1936, at the age of 27, Thompson Willett founded Willett Distillery. The distillery was erected near the family farm, which had been purchased by Lambert Willett, Thompson’s dad. Upon completion, in the spring of 1937, Willett Distillery produced its first batch of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. That first batch amounted to 300 bushels (~30 barrels) on March 17, 1937, St. Patrick’s Day. The newly barreled Bourbon was stored in one of the family’s rickhouses, each capable of storing between 4,000 and 5,000 Whiskey barrels. The rickhouses were built on some of the highest ground in the county, assuring that a fresh breeze would aid in the maturation of the Whiskey.

To this day, descendants of Thompson Willett are still carrying on the family tradition of making fine Kentucky Bourbon and Kentucky Rye Whiskey at the same spot that Thompson and his family operated over 80 years ago.

Willett Pot Still Reserve – Small Batch 47%

Willett Pot Still Reserve – Small Batch 47%

Tasting Notes: Nose is "vanilla lemon cake." The palate is a balance of caramel, vanilla, spices and citrus. I'm not sure if they made the opulent bottle to match the Whiskey or vice versa.

Available in 750ml and 50ml

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Willett Family Estate Bourbon – Cask Strength

Willett Family Estate Bourbon – Cask Strength

Tasting Notes: Willett Family Estate Bottled Bourbon is a very unusual whiskey in many regards. The Bourbon label exists for the sole purpose of our family’s Private Barrel Selection program, and is the only label of its kind in existence. It is a un-chill filtered, barrel proof, straight Bourbon Whiskey of unusual depth and complexity.

Available 750ml. Limited availability.

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Willett Family Estate 4 Year Rye – Small Batch 55%

Willett Family Estate 4 Year Rye – Small Batch 55%

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 desert 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 115 proof you'll forget it’s 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.

Available in 750ml.

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Noah’s Mill Small Batch – Small Batch 57.15%

Noah’s Mill Small Batch – Small Batch 57.15%

Tasting Notes: One of the most lush and rich Whiskeys on the market. The nose is walnuts, prunes, and floral notes. The palate mimics the nose with walnuts, prunes, spices, intertwined with lavender and balanced with the perfect amount of acid, which leads you down a path of lingering burnt caramel.

Available in 750ml.

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Rowan’s Creek Small Batch – Small Batch 50.05%

Rowan’s Creek Small Batch – Small Batch 50.05%

Tasting Notes:Bringing your nose to the glass and your olfactory is treated to caramel and vanilla layered on herbal and floral notes. The mouthfeel starts oily but finishes dry. On the palate you are treated to sweet caramel, vanilla, dusted in floral notes... finishing notes of oak and a lingering spiciness.

Available in 750ml

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Pure Kentucky XO – Small Batch 53.5%

Pure Kentucky XO – Small Batch 53.5%

Tasting Notes: Aptly named, because when you think of Kentucky, you think Bourbon. The nose is toffee, fruit, eucalyptus and oak. The palate is cinnamon, toffee, caramel, pepper, oak, and spices.

Available in 750ml.

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Kentucky Vintage – Small Batch 45%

Kentucky Vintage – Small Batch 45%

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Johnny Drum Private Stock – Small Batch 50.5%

Johnny Drum Private Stock – Small Batch 50.5%

Tasting Notes: The nose is sour apple, vanilla, and oak. The palate is a snowball rolling over fruits, vanilla, and spices, mixing them all together into a well-balanced and complex Whiskey.

Available in 750ml.

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Old Bardstown Estate – Small Batch 50.5%

Old Bardstown Estate – Small Batch 50.5%

Tasting Notes: Nose is sweet, herbal, citrus. The palate is herbaceous, sweet fruit, vanilla, on a layer of oak and earthiness that goes on like a champion marathon runner.

Available in 750ml.

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