Review #167. Willet Family Estate 6yr Rye Barrel 128

Review #167 | /r/Bourbon Review #92 – Willett Family Estate 6yr Single Barrel Rye

Distiller: ??? (MGP)

Bottler: Willett

ABV: 58.7% ABV

Age: 6 Years

Barrel: 128

Source: Sample

Nose: Molasses, brown sugar. There’s some clove and allspice with a nice hit of pine and oak. Minty as well in a spearmint fashion.

Taste: There’s dill, mint and sugar. This is how I described the sample from another barrel and there’s little variation here. I notice a good deal more sweetness though, like thicken brown sugar and more molasses. Almost a shoo-fly pie kinda note. Delicious.

Finish: Sharp rye spice. Long and a bit hotter but also more complex. The dill is toned down a hair but it still feels a tad rough. At this proof though it’s delicious.

Overall: There is some noticeable variation here in contrast to the bottle I have but it’s good and bad. I don’t like this sample any less. In fact, I might like it a hair more. This is definitely still a step above, but to me it’s not quite SAOS 7yr Rye. I love the proof though. If I could get SAOS 7yr at this proof every day on the shelf…I’d go wild. Back to this dram though, it’s sweet, hot and brings all those lovely rye notes around. I dig it.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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