Review #50. Willett 3yr Willett Distillate Rye

Review #50 | /r/Bourbon Review #25 – Willett 3 Year Rye (Willett Distillate)

The Schtick: This is a look at Willett’s own rye distillate, aged three years. Unfortunately, I don’t have a barrel number on this guy.


Distiller: Willett

Bottler: Willett

ABV: 54.5% ABV

Age: 3 Yeats

Source: Sample


Nose: Rich rye spice, vanilla and brown sugar. Gentle for the proof. Good so far…

Taste: Pepper, leather and a little musty rye spice. There’s a little funky artificial note in here but I can’t tell what it is. Wouldn’t have any idea that this was over 100pf though. Overall well blended besides that odd artificial flavor note. Don’t know what to make of it.

Finish: Long and gentle, which I really did NOT expect for the youth of this whiskey. I would have no idea this wasn’t an older rye and it honestly reminds me a bit of Bourye. I like it.

Overall: This really has done good things for Willet in my eyes. I’ve never bought into the hype and $80/90/100+ seems a lot for some of their older (although sourced) ryes I see around me so I’ve never bit. This was a great dram and really motivates me to try more Willet product. yum.
Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


Decoded:

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 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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