Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey

Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey

(0.75l, 57.5% - may vary)


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$66.99
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A real estate Rye Whiskey with bold power and plums on the middle palate.

The Willett Family has a long Whiskey-making history stretching back into the 1700s. The family has worked for others and operated their own distillery off-and-on for well over two-hundred years. Prior to 2012 they were hand-selecting casks from the Kentucky Bourbon Distillers inventory for their releases. Since then, Willett Whiskeys are made from new-make spirit coming from their newly renovated distillery — opened in 2012 — and appropriately called the Willet Distilling Company. They deliver no fewer than a dozen varieties.

The name is long enough to tell you just about everything you need to know about this Whiskey — Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Small Batch Rye. Obviously, it’s a four-year-old Rye Whiskey and bottled at a nearly cask strength. And “small batch” only begins to tell the tale. But the main thing to remember is that it means that the flavor profile and proof-strength vary from batch to batch. Go with the  Willet and be inspired. Every single time and with every single sip you take!
  • Category
    Rye
  • Style
    Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    57.5% - may vary
  • Distillery
    Willett Distillery
  • Age
    4 Year Old
  • Maturation
    White oak barrels

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

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rye
spicy
oak
cinnamon
sweet
fruit
dry
orange
toasted
What does Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Flamed bronze. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
High alcohol content and spiciness of the Rye surprise the nose with power before toasted oak and toffee appear.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Taken neat, it’s a powerful dram. Flavors mingle with frolic stone fruits, vanilla, cherry and baking spices that come the surface.

Finish
It has a solid and complex finish normally only found in older spirits.
Ratings & Reviews
Adam
Adam,
Nice lower end Willet bottle.. can't go wrong
 
Cedar
Cedar,
Delicious smooth rye, one of my favorites.
 
Josh
Josh,
Spicy and vanilla, a bit too much of a bite in my view, but thoroughly drinkable. Would imagine this would be fantastic in an old fashion
 
Brian
Brian,
Fantastic! Smooth, warm finish.
 
Pedro
Pedro,
This is a must buy if you enjoy a nice old fashioned. I prefer a bourbon old fashioned but this is a real treat.
 
Azmi
Azmi,
Outstanding
 
David
David,
Dang. I got this as a gift so I can't take price into account, but wow is this good. It's thick, viscous, spicy and vanilla all at the same time. I can't find a fault, except that it is probably out of my price range if I had to buy.
 
Carl
Carl,
The best rye I've tasted. Great level of spice and not too hot that it needs water added to it.
 
Josh
Josh,
Amazing!! Delicious!! Enough said.
 
Eric
Eric,
Willett is what made me a rye lover. It's amazing straight up or on rocks. I just wish it were easier to find in Colorado.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Bold rye spice and loads of cinnamon. Great bottle for the price, but very difficult to find in my home state.
 
Lee
Lee,
Perfect rye for me. Big, bold, but not overwhelming. So well balanced. Great flavor with the rye, spice and oak on the front with some (but not too much) sweetness. So nice to sip and at a great price point. Smooth.
 
Hayden
Hayden,
Super delicious. Huge burst of flavor up front and smooth at the end
 
Mike
Mike,
I almost ignored Willet for the very underwhelming pot still bourbon. Not thinking I liked rye (though i love hot and spicy foods, yes I am dumb:) I grabbed one on a whim for the fact that I don't see them that often. Enjoyed some one night, woke up the next day and got a case of it. Im not gonna say its amazing or this or that. But I know that I really enjoy this stuff. Rye that has a spicy sweet almost bubblegum taste to it at cask strength for 50-60 bucks? Sign me up
 
Vincent
Vincent,
This is a very balanced whiskey, very refined for a 4 year offering but doesn't let you forget it's a rye. There's much less ethanol burn than you might expect from 110 proof. This is in the league of more expensive whiskeys - somewhat complex and definitely well rounded. A sipper to be savored, for rye fans and American whiskey lovers as well. Cheers!
 
Brian
Brian,
An outstanding rye, I used it in Old Fashion and it was delightful. 2 friends said it was the best Old Fashion they’ve had!
 
Aaron
Aaron,
This is a great Rye. At first sip it's spicy with clove and baking spices. As I drink more, it tastes like an old fashioned without the extra ingredients. It's very orangy, sweet with spices in the background. It's also very smooth of course. If you like old fashioneds then this is for you! Just please don't make an old fashioned out if it ;)
 
Arthur
Arthur,
Does not taste like a 110 proof whiskey. Cannot recommend enough.
 
Erik
Erik,
Some of the finest rye on the market, the batches and barrels are always different but always fantastic
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Extremely well balanced. Spicy and sweet rye. Beautifully complex with an oaky tinge. Highly recommend
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Very good smooth rye complex best comparison be is a perfect complex Chardonnay from chateau montelena where as knob Creek cask strength is like a hard hitting Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
Andre
Andre,
Great balance of flavors and makes the perfect sipper!
 
John
John,
Sweet and smooth on the palate. Spice is just perfect for a rye. Finishes strong with spice. High quality.
 
Paul
Paul,
Really enjoyed the tasteful notes in this one.
 
Adam
Adam,
Surprisingly smooth for a four year whiskey. Not too spicy for a rye Which makes it excellent Willet does it again
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Such a great Rye! Just opened a new bottle of 55% and it is so clean and smooth. Very good spice nose and a little bit of dill which I think is enjoyable.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Quality rye. The nose, palate, and finish are dominated by mint. I think it dampens the spice from the rye just a bit too much for my taste, but hard to go wrong with any Willett product.
 
Taylor
Taylor,
The people rating this either don't know what good whiskey is or they got the MGP sourced version. My bottle is the newer in-house product of Willett and tastes very young and is not good at all. Very disappointed.
 
Charles
Charles,
T his is a wonderful rye that asserts itself well in a Manhattan and is just delightful straight up.
 
jay
jay,
Thought so much of this I just bought two more bottles. One must be prepared for the zombie apocalypse and no better way than to have enough alcohol on hand!
 
guest
guest,
Willett never fails. This rye is still fairly easy to find and has some great oakeeness to the taste.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Favorite rye
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Outstanding example of what rye should be. Aromatic with heavy spice balanced nicely by oak and dried fruit. Relatively mellow lingering finish at high proof
 
David
David,
Outstanding rye!
 
Sean
Sean,
Excellent. Much better at $60 when purchased from Flaviar a few weeks ago, but you can't go wrong with this one.
 
Shaun
Shaun,
Very good rye. Has a taste of dried fruit on the front and finishes with a taste of cinnamon and rye spice.
 
Sean
Sean,
This is excellent. Agree with much of flavor spiral, and ABV great so it is not too much of a burn to begin and yet many great flavors come through. This is a great rye compared to Peerless which has won several awards over the last year or two and about 1/2 the price. Don't miss out on this one!
 
Burton
Burton,
Yum. This is a rye forward rye. it won't be mistaken for a bourbon. And I dig it. Spice. Anise. Pepper. Clove. I am a bourbon lover, but I would like to have this on hand always when I wish for something very different.
 
Scott
Scott,
Full carmel and vanilla to start, long cinnamon finish.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
My absolute favorite rye.
 
Paige
Paige,
Hands down one of the best Ryes out there, especially if you can locate it for list price. Disregard the heat association with typical high proof whiskies, it is one of the smoothest available. The oaky, sweet, toasted cinnamon is dominant but doesn’t overshadow the Rye presence. A+ for Willett!
 
Jared
Jared,
This is a fantastic rye. This bottle has a complex and really bold flavor backed up by hard hitting 113 proof. If you like a heavy rye-spice flavor, you’ll love this bottle.
 
Mark
Mark,
I visited Willett this spring, and it was excellent. I therefore had hopes for this rye, and they were exceeded. I tasted it with my all-time favorite rye, WhistlePig single barrel, and while it wasn’t a match for that, it didn’t suffer much in the comparison. Really, really good rye.
 
Shane
Shane,
This rye surprised me, the initial taste is spicy but the finish is smooth. Has become one of my favorites.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Subtle spice sneaks up on you for a nice smoother finish.
 
Jim
Jim,
Really like this rye. Great neat, add an orange peel and really opens up.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Family Estate 4 Year Old Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey... you had me at "Hello"
 
Ben
Ben,
Spicy deliciousness. 114 proof heaven.
 
KEVIN
KEVIN,
I LOVE IT, SO MUCH BETTER SOMEHOW THAN THE 3YR, WHICH IS ALSO GREAT. I'M A BIG FAN OF WILLET RYES.
 
Brock
Brock,
One of my favorite ry whiskeys. crazy to think this has been aged only 4 years. Super smooth and drinks more like a 10 year old.
 
guest
guest,
Amazing Rye. Great flavor and very smooth.
 
Ben
Ben,
Great when you want something strong that tastes strong, but good.
 
Richard
Richard,
It’s like a classic rye dialed up to 11. The nose and first taste are exactly as you’d expect (sweet caramel, baking spices) but after a few seconds the peppery flavors pop. I love a strong whiskey but this is almost too much. If pop rocks were made into a rye, this would be the bottle. It’s a challenging drink, if you’re into that.
 
Chris
Chris,
Really nice
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Delicious. Smooth!
 
Michael
Michael,
Nose is floral and spicy, with a bold taste of toffee and nice toasted oak. The oak lingers nicely on the finish. I can't believe this is 126 proof.
 
Ian
Ian,
If you like other Ryes you'll like this better. Complex, ridiculously smooth for its proof, and from everything I've read a huge improvement over the younger 3 year expression. Order a dozen!
 
Will
Will,
Hands down the best rye I've had. Tasted this blind, against others, on multiple occasions and it always comes out on top. Depends on the batch you get, but at 110 proof + it drinks like a 90. The Spice is there but not over powering, nice long finish, rich and complex!
 
Chip
Chip,
Fantastic. Bigger than Whistlepig taste, body, aroma profile and finish...almost 1/2 the price
 
Mark
Mark,
The rye of my dreams. Spicy, rich, long finish.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
One of my favorites, 126 proof that goes down smoother than most 80 proofs that I have. the flavor is exceptional.
 
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