What’s your favorite Willett Distillery expression?
Willett Distillery has a cult following of their Willett purple top bottles but have been missing a wheated bourbon .
Luckily for the Wheated King of Kentucky they have finally added a purple top wheater . To say Big Chief was excited when our great friend Adam Boothby handed him a bottle for his birthday is an understatement.
The Willett Distilling Company has remained under family ownership and operation at the same location since it was created in 1936.
Over the years the company has bottled whiskeys that range from 2 years of aging maturity up to 28 years and has been called “the big daddy of bourbon and rye bottling”.
We hope you enjoy Jim and Mike’s review. Be sure to listen in to the podcast episode on your favorite platform for more information. Cheers!
Tasting Notes: Willett 8yr Wheated
Vital Stats: This Willett wheated Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey has been aged 8 years in #4 new American oak barrels. It has a mash bill of 65% corn, 20% wheat and 15% malted barley. It is 108 proof and has an MSRP of $259.
Appearance: Black whiskey style bottle with gold text. The whiskey is dark golden honey. We usually don’t like these bottles that you can’t see the goodness inside but we love this one. It’s like they made this for royalty .
Nose: A waft of chocolate with some Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It has dried fruits and sweet perfumes that makes it very floral. The proof makes it strong. Very little oak.
Palate: Balanced and not aggressive with a beautiful barrel spice. Cinnamon Toast Crunch with sprinkles of chocolate and milk in a glass. The dried fruits carry over and give you that surprisingly subtle sweetness.
Finish: Long with a nice wildcat Kentucky Hug that won’t overpower you.
Overall: This is an amazing bottle of bourbon that shouldn’t be passed on if you can afford it. It’s a buy for us and will be sipped on for special occasions. Cheers