Today, I am reviewing Willett Pot Still Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon. The name is quite a mouthful, and the bottle is quite a sight. I ranked it as one of my favorite bottle designs, and you can see why. The bourbon in the bottle is a single barrel bourbon bottled at 94 proof. It is distributed by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, who also distribute Rowan’s Creek, Noah’s Mill, and Kentucky Vintage, just to name a few.
On the nose, Willett is a real treat. It is light, elegant, and sweet. There are notes of freshly cut flowers, caramel popcorn, vanilla, herbs, herbal tea, and some light wood spices. The palate is light-bodied, giving way to flavors of caramel apples, maple syrup, toasted coconut, some light herbal spices, and some floral notes. The finish is not especially long, but it does taste very nice. The finish reminds me a lot of caramel popcorn, but there is are also some light herbal and wood spices that come through.
Overall, Willett is a very unique bourbon, a bit reminiscent of some of the Four Roses products I’ve reviewed. My only complaint is that it does not have a lot of body, even when bottled at 94 proof. I think that it could be bottled at an even higher proof, with a lot of benefits. As it stands, Willett is not a great value buy as it is relatively pricey, but it is a fantastic whiskey. It makes a great gift (especially because of the bottle design), and it should be savored slowly and responsibly. It is easy to drink a bit too much of this one… My grade: B-. Price: $40-45/750ml. This is a very enjoyable whiskey to keep around, but there are better (in my opinion) bourbons on the market for less money.