Country: USA
Region: Kentucky
Type: Rye
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 54.05%
Score: 91 points

Willett Family Estate Bottled Small Batch Rye. Photo ©2015 by Mark Gillespie. This 2-year-old Rye is the first release from the Willett family’s distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky since it started production in 2012, though the label and bottle are similar to other Willett releases sourced from other distillers over the years. The ABV may vary from batch to batch, and these tasting notes are based on Batch #1.

The nose is spicy and intense with notes of lemon pepper, grass, dried flowers, and hints of honey and vanilla. The taste is thick, spicy, and tart with lemon pepper, chili powder, and a hint of cinnamon on top of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and honey notes. The finish is long, slightly dry, tart, and well-balanced with softly fading spices. Excellent!