Review #651. Willett XCF 1.0

Review #651 | /r/Bourbon Review #357 – Willett XCF

The Schtick: This is a weird Heimerdinger of a release from our pals down at Willett. The ‘XCF’ stands for eXperimental Cask Finish, and this 7 year old bourbon spent 90 days being finished in a cask that once held Curacao. Let’s see how it is.


Distiller: ???

Bottler: Willett

ABV: 51.7% ABV

Age: 7 Years

Source: Sample


Nose: Allspice, clove and pepper. Faint citrus peel, perfumey, and musty. Some mustiness. Some cough syrupy notes.

Taste: Thin to medium mouthfeel. Sweet honey, lots of allspice. Cloying citrus peel notes. Reminds me almost a little of Hochstadter’s Rock n Rye – but not as thick or cloying. There’s a lot of clove here, earthiness and bitter cocoa.

Finish: Short, hot and packs a surprising amount of bitterness. Earthier than I’d like, and loaded with artificial sweetener notes.

Overall: This was interesting and super fun to try, but it’s definitely not for me.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4

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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 | Perfect | Perfect


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