Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Willett Distillery
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Maturation White oak barrels
  • Alcohol 63%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • rye
  • oak
  • spicy
  • sweet
  • cinnamon
  • dry
  • fruit
  • orange
  • toasted

Willett

Family Estate 4 Year Old Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey (0.75l, 63%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary
Price $84.99

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Character Goatson
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
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Willett Distillery
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Maturation White oak barrels
  • Alcohol 63%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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.
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  • rye
  • oak
  • spicy
  • sweet
  • cinnamon
  • dry
  • fruit
  • orange
  • toasted
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Between 1980 and 2012 it is rumored that the stills were out of commission, but plenty of their Whiskey was available. They rebuilt the still rooms and restarted production in 2012. Where did all the Whiskey distillate come from during those missing years? Some say there was a co-production agreement with the nearby Heaven Hill facility, but this is not been verified.
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Between 1980 and 2012 it is rumored that the stills were out of commission, but plenty of their Whiskey was available. They rebuilt the still rooms and restarted production in 2012. Where did all the Whiskey distillate come from during those missing years? Some say there was a co-production agreement with the nearby Heaven Hill facility, but this is not been verified.
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
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