We’ve reviewed a handful of things from Willett, so when I saw this the other day in Texas, I had to purchase it just out of curiosity. Plus, it’s fairly cheap.
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Side note: This bottle was incredibly hard to open. I had to get out the pliers and still use the mounted can opener in the garage to twist it. ?
Distillery: NDP (possibly Heaven Hill)
Location: Bardstown, KY
Mash Bill: Unknown
Age: NAS, rumored at 10 years.
ABV: 45% (90 proof)
Color: Honey Blonde.
Nose: Slight ethanol, sweet corn, light vanilla, smells young to me, granulated sugar, not the greatest nose. After sitting for a bit some caramel comes out.
Taste: Slightly sweet, totally getting some salty peanut flavors, tobacco, earthiness, black pepper, leather. Only a tiny bit of sweetness for balance. Definitely leans towards the spice/nutty side though.
Finish: Light finish, slightly bitter peanuts with a little bit of warm on your tongue and lips. Dry.
Overall: The flavor here is a bit different than a lot of Bourbons, in my opinion. Maybe, it’s that weird saltiness. It’s definitely not a sweet Bourbon. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. I like it more than I don’t, and I think it would be really great in mixed drink, and hold up nicely. So, we’ll see. It’s pretty reasonably priced for what you get, I do feel it could be slightly cheaper though.