Willett Pot Still Reserve

Willett Pot Still Reserve

(0.75l, 47%)


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$52.99
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From the Big Daddy of Bourbon and Rye Bottling.
 
The Willett Distilling Company or Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, as it is also known, is a small, family-owned company that markets Bourbon and Rye Whiskey. They’re located in Bardstown, Kentucky. As a relatively large independent bottling company, they’re called the big daddy of Bourbon and Rye Bottling.
 
The company wasn’t actually operating as a distillery from 1980 to 2012, when they re-established the distilling process using both column and pot stills. So far they’ve been using Whiskey distilled elsewhere to make their products, and it will be a few more years before they can use their own distillates because of the necessary ageing process.
 
Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon was introduced in 2008 and is a hand-selected, limited Kentucky straight Bourbon, aged 8-10 years and bottled at 47% ABV. It comes in one of the coolest decanters on the market.

  • Category
  • Style
    Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    47%
  • Distillery
    Willett Distillery
  • Age
    8 Year Old

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nutty
oak
black tea
butterscotch
lemon
spicy
vanilla
rye
banana
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Mahogany

Smell / Nose / Aroma
A bit cognac-y. Soft, delicate, with notes of jasmine, vanilla, sweet corn, cinnamon and ginger. 
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate 
Woody and medium body. Hints of nut, oak, black tea, butterscotch, lemon, dried corn and hints of rye. Bananas when water is added.
 
Finish 
Medium-long, spicy, herbal with notes of rye.

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Ratings & Reviews
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Floral ... vanilla ... caramel - just a really nice bourbon.
 
Chris
Chris,
It’s a nice...
 
Bennett
Bennett,
Definitely a distinct bourbon. Too much nut and oak flavors for me.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
I originally bought this because the bottle looked cool. Will be buying again because the bourbon was smooth. Vanilla and oak dominated the palate with subtle hints of fruit. Was enjoyed both neat and paired with sweet tea.
 
guest
guest,
A category of its own. Smokey but juicy with notes of plum, spice and caramel
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Not worth the price point. Easy drinking and smooth.
 
Scott
Scott,
Not a huge fan. It has a decent flavor but not one I’d order if we were out.
 
Rick
Rick,
Very heavy on the walnut. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of walnuts.
 
Earl
Earl,
Absolutely loved this bourbon!!! Smooth as can be a nice soft vanilla caramel finish. I enjoyed it neat, then with a large chard on its own before finally using it in a Perfect Black Manhattan ....... (my variation to soften the earthiness of the Averna - my preference for Amaro.... rolling in a Dolen's dry, and Antica red vermouth, while maintaining a 2 - 1 ratio). Held well in all three settings.
 
Britton
Britton,
Smooth and relaxed with caramel vanilla note with a hint of spice. One small ice chip put this to its most enjoyable state, for me
 
David
David,
Very smooth, sweet vanilla, nice long finish.
 
David
David,
Very good bourbon. Long finish. Will buy again
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Very smooth, will 100% be getting another bottle.
 
Colton
Colton,
Bright vanilla oak with nice spicy black tea
 
Stephen
Stephen,
very smooth
 
Doug
Doug,
Great flavor, had a fruity aftertaste.
 
Ray
Ray,
Willett makes my favorite rye, but the bourbon is middling.
 
guest
guest,
Great bourbon for the price, and easy to find in Chicagoland area
 
Dr
Dr,
Mallie did a taste test with four brands: Double Cask Woodford, Woodford, Wille Pot and Blantins. Woodford . Won Out !
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Candied wheat, floral notes, underlying peanuts, and has a nice sweet spice founded in molasses and vanilla. Finish is flavorful with a lasting smoky vanilla experience. Smooth, warming, and enjoyable. For the Willett family, distilling craft whiskey is a family tradition. During Reconstruction, John David Willett — the family patriarch — began distilling whiskey at the Moore, Willett & Frenke Distillery, which was situated just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. In 1898, his son, A. Lambert Willett — who was 15 years old at the time — began following in his father's footsteps. Three decades later, Lambert, together with his son, Thompson purchased a farm on the outskirts of Bardstown, Kentucky, and began construction of the Willett Distilling Company. While the Willett Distilling Company eventually changed its name to Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, the family tradition lives on — Even Kulsveen, the current owner of KBD, is Thompson Willett's son-in-law.
 The company wasn’t actually operating as a distillery from 1980 to 2012, when they re-established the distilling process using both column and pot stills. So far they’ve been using Whiskey distilled elsewhere to make their products, and it will be a few more years before they can use their own distillates because of the necessary ageing process. Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon was introduced in 2008 and is a hand-selected, limited Kentucky straight Bourbon, aged 8-10 years. Its unique shape and design are meant to resemble the pot still that was used for generations at the Willett Distilling Company. 

Currently labelled and released as a small batch bourbon it did start out as a single barrel expression. Each bottle is sealed with a label identifying the individual aging barrel, the number of the bottle within the series of bottles for that barrel, and the total number of bottles from the barrel.
 
Peter
Peter,
Don't love the nose, but has a great flavor and finish.
 
Eric
Eric,
Bolder and smoother than George Clooney in Ocean's Eleven
 
Molly
Molly,
Easy drinkin cool bottle. Good house bourbon
 
Tony
Tony,
This is an average bourbon, but it is a BEAUTIFUL bottle. I keep this on my shelf so non-bourbon drinkers can be impressed with the bottle. But, as far as the liquid goes, it's as good as any other entry level bourbon with a unique, herbal flavor profile. Think Woodford Reserve or Buffalo Trace level of quality, but with a strange medicinal quality to it.
 
Eduardo
Eduardo,
A great drink to add some diversity to your home bar. The bottle is always a conversation piece, too! Black tea flavors dominate, but there is a little bit of burnt caramel up front as well. Medium bodied and medium finish with some nuttiness. If it weren’t for the awesome bottle, it’s probably not something to spend more that $40-45 on.
 
Robert
Robert,
This is my number one bourbon! I love Mitcher's and Buffalo Trace but Willett is without a doubt my preffered. Sadly, while BT is very price effective it is hard to find in my area. Mitcher's is more easily found but the cost difference between Mitcher's and Willett is so little I'm always going for Willett if available.
 
Jay
Jay,
It’s good. Definitely taste the buy and butterscotch.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Not my favorite but not at all a bad bourbon. A little hot up front and it has very mild sweetness. For me it’s a great old fashioned bourbon and not bad on the rocks.
 
Tom
Tom,
I could drink this anytime and all the time. If I had to pick just one whiskey to drink, this one would be it for all the complexity and deliciousness in every sip.
 
Gary
Gary,
Oak and spicy taste with a spicy finish and small hint of banana. Will keep a bottle on hand. ABV is perfect and a very good bourbon. The bottle is cool!!
 
John
John,
Great caramel flavor up front, finish with a slight honey sweet. This has become our go to for a sipping bourbon.
 
Steve
Steve,
A bit spicy on the front side with honey on the back
 
Clayton
Clayton,
I won’t rate as low as many others, because I still find it somewhat palatable, once you get past the notes of gasoline.
 
Jay-Michael
Jay-Michael,
To much like scotch. Peat is gross.
 
JR
JR,
Super smooth, my buddy and I finished off a bottle the other night great caramel flavor low burn super enjoyable I’ll be buying another bottle soon
 
Jacob
Jacob,
A “hotter” version of a better bourbon.
 
Elisha
Elisha,
Smooth, clean taste with a Carmel finish.
 
Zane
Zane,
One of the most interesting bourbons I've had. Aroma and taste were totally unique to me. The finish is as advertised-long and warm. Awesome bottle, too!
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Great!
 
Lenny
Lenny,
Flavorful with a long, smooth finish!
 
Jim
Jim,
great start and finish and cool bottle for display!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Excellent for sipping, difficult to find.
 
Joe
Joe,
One of the best bangs for the buck with awesome taste and smoothness
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth and robust. Just enough sweetness at the finish.
 
guest
guest,
At the 40-50 price point it’s solid
 
Tom
Tom,
This is a pleasant surprise. I bought it for the bottle because my sister wanted it and I can't say enough how enjoyable it was to drink every time I had a glass. Had a bit more bite in the beginning than I normally enjoy but finished so smooth it was worth the unique mix of flavors. Strongly recommend you try this one!
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Very nice and surprised at mixed reviews I have seen. Light oak and cinnamon on the nose. The body is light as well with a good crisp snappiness of oak, brown sugar, sweetened orange rind and peanut shells. The finish is nice as it lingers just enough to leave behind more oak and honey roasted peanuts. All in all, I love me some Willet, they don’t disappoint.
 
Gene
Gene,
Great flavor from start to finish. One of my favorites.
 
Tom
Tom,
Very satisfying with a smooth finish. I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the flavors and the balance right to the end.
 
LANCE
LANCE,
A sweet aroma, hint of oak with Carmel or vanilla. Very smooth, nice sipping drink, goes well with a nice Cigar (Liga Privada No. 9)
 
John
John,
It’s got some bite to it up front but mellows out into that classic vanilla and caramel. The oak comes out on a lingering finish.
 
Jason
Jason,
Amazing Bourbon with a caramel finish. Love it!
 
Jesse
Jesse,
One of the very best Boutbons I have ever had.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
This is the most unique, flavorful bourbon I’ve tried. It’s peppery and full of oak at first and has such a long, rich, malt-like finish. It replaces Blanton’s as my go-to. After trying Rowan’s Creek this weekend, I’m surprised that I actually *may* prefer it. It tastes more Willet-y than Willett! So, I’ve dropped a star for now and will revisit.
 
Dan
Dan,
Liked it.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
I am usually a rye drinker, but thought I would give bourbon another try. Willett did not disappoint. I did however miss the pepper notes that rye brings to a cocktail.
 
Rod
Rod,
Decent bourbon. A bit harsh neat but opens up considerably on the rocks.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Very smooth and easy drinking. Not too elaborate.
 
Norman
Norman,
SO smooth for a nice evening of sipping with or without a cube. No drama here. The sweet and spice balance is really good. This is a hard one to find in my area so I was happy to see Flaviar carrying it!
 
Scott
Scott,
Smooth carmel notes. Heavy ripe fruit and burnt sugars.
 
Scott
Scott,
Exceptional the notes where hitting on all points. One of my favorite one so far.
 
Sam
Sam,
An excellent bourbon for the price. Subtle sweetness with a touch of spice.
 
guest
guest,
Decent bourbon once you let it breathe.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
Smooth and comforting. Sweet vanilla and a touch of spice. Yummmmm
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Smooth, mild, goes down dangerously easy
 
Steve
Steve,
I like it, real god sipper with or without a cube.
 
Terry
Terry,
I've had a couple bottles of this now. I like the flavor. It's not too hot on the finish. But has enough flavor.
 
Adam
Adam,
Great flavors, excellent finish. Definitely would do again
 
Steven
Steven,
There was very little the bourbon brought to the table. The bottle is the coolest part of the experience. I was happy to rid myself of a bottle I bought by selling it to a friend who enjoyed it more than I. I rarely rank anything below a 5 BTW.
 
Jon
Jon,
My favorite bourbon, very smooth, no bite in the back
 
Susan
Susan,
Not quite as smooth on the rocks which is how I like to enjoy my whiskey.
 
Dahnia
Dahnia,
Smooth with lots of layers and a twisty finish. I bought this for my brother but had to taste it myself, and I was really impressed. He was too. A little on the sweet side for him, but was excited to share it and put it on his display shelf.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Nose of cinnamon, corn, and mineral elements. Taste of caramel corn, spice, and woodiness. Medium burn with a somewhat harsh finish that softens with a few drops of water.
 
Terry
Terry,
One of my favorites..just ordered another
 
Terry
Terry,
Nice and smooth. One of my favorites. Just ordered another...
 
George
George,
Tastes exactly like Noah’s Mill (no surprise) but at a lower proof without lacking any flavor. A perfect Noah’s alternative for those who don’t like 115 proof.
 
Shane
Shane,
Smooth taste and finish and one of my favorites. Glad I was finally able to find this.
 
orlando
orlando,
What a smooth taste and finish! One of the best shaped bottles as well as superb bourbon! My NEW favorite ...only none left :(
 
Jennie
Jennie,
The smoothest I've had to date. This is my comfort drink though
 
Jeannette
Jeannette,
Very flavorful. Exactly what I expected from a whiskey of this stature. Love the bottle shape.
 
Zack
Zack,
great balance and flavor very smooth great balance
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Love it. A must have whenever I can find it. Smooth and sweet.
 
Michael
Michael,
Fantastic balanced flavor
 
Joshua
Joshua,
What a wonderful taste!! I get a strong hint of cinnamon, but not overpowering, it is has just enough spice at the start, Very smooth finish with another spice shot on the back end. Wow I am very impressed.
 
Mr
Mr,
My favorite bourbon
 
John
John,
My preferred premium bourbon.Smooth drinking, semi-accessible, and fairly priced.
 
John
John,
I received this as a Christmas present and I love it. So smooth and full. This is easily one of my favorite bourbons.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Very consistent flavor, always enjoyable. Had a personal tour of Willet.
 
Clay
Clay,
Smooth taste, flavors are very delicious
 
Scott
Scott,
Soo smooth and so fresh
 
Michael
Michael,
Call me crazy, but I didn't really care for this. It had a weird texture to it. I'd prefer 3 fingers of Jim Beam over ice
 
Sean
Sean,
Excellent. One of the best I have had at this price point, and I think relatively fairly priced. Paid $42 for this reserve collection. On Flaviar, wouldn't be surprised to have found it at $52-55 as they are almost always 15-20% higher than a normal mom and pop store. If you get a chance, definitely a good bourbon. Compares favorably to a barrel proof Knob Creek, Eagle Rare or Bulleit.
 
Zack
Zack,
above average nose, nice complexity, finish is a little rough, cool bottle, price is about right
 
Dane
Dane,
One of the best bourbons I’ve had. Incredibly smooth!
 
Don
Don,
One of the best I have ever had
 
KEVIN
KEVIN,
NICE AND EASY. LOWER PROOF.
 
John
John,
Received this as a gift last year, turned out to be one of my very favorite bourbons.
 
Luke
Luke,
Nose: subtle spice, some oak Taste: sweet and rye spice, oak, leather, strong spicy finish with strong caramel,floral and apple
 
David
David,
Smooth. Oaky taste. Too good to put in apple cider!
 
Christina
Christina,
Creamy and caramelly. Too much hype and far too difficult to find, but I liked it!
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
This is an excellent bourbon.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Good but not great. A little over priced
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Very very sweet on the front end. Vanilla almond and very smooth with a hint of cinnamon to finish it off. The nose on this is pretty week. It really hangs on the side of the glass well.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Smooth and delicious. Will make love to your pallet. Hard to find and expensive outside of KY.
 
Ralph
Ralph,
Very smooth with a lot of flavor. I’m a McCallum guy but this is right up there with my favorite Scotch. 3-4 drops of water really opens up all the flavors. And who wouldn’t love the “I dream of Genie” bottle! Looks great on your bar shelf.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Beautifully smooth, woody and varied. I really like the way the sweet pairs with the spice going down. One of my favorite bourbons to date
 
Harry
Harry,
Never was much of a bourbon drinker until I came across this one...
 
Michael
Michael,
A very unique flavor, with wonderfully-strong notes of corn in both smell and taste. It definitely stands out as a different/unique kind of bourbon, which I loved about it.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
The sweetness is up front but in an inviting way that makes for not only easy but superior sipping.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Fantastic bourbon! Smooth, full of flavor and easy on the palate. I’m surprised with the sub-8.0 rating; this is definitely a 9+! Right up there with some of the best bourbons out there. Hard to find but well worth it once you can find a bottle. Highly recommended..and I’ve tried over 100 different bourbons!
 
Mark
Mark,
Great, on the rocks, whiskey, smooth and highly palatable
 
Mark
Mark,
Great, on the rocks, whiskey, very smooth and easily palatable.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Exquisite
 
Ian
Ian,
Fantastic tasting and easy drinking, a great combination and a worthy tribute to the legendary equipment the spirit is named for.
 
Kris
Kris,
Very solid, not great depth but strong up front flavor profile
 
BILLY
BILLY,
Great taste.
 
Mark
Mark,
This was a really great whisky
 
Barry
Barry,
What a great bourbon!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Drink this with an ice ball and it's perfectly smooth!
 
Roger
Roger,
Smooth and sweet with a spicy finish, Well worth the price.
 
DAVID
DAVID,
Initial sweets and caramels but near the end there is a bite... Definitely a most for any cabinet.
 
Kelly
Kelly,
Sweet and smooth and oaky, with a spicy finish. Loved this. The bottle is a nice bonus too!
 
guest
guest,
Bourbon at it’s best. Hard to find but worth the effort.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Smooth and beautiful! I am on my 2nd order of this!
 
Ro
Ro,
A reasonable bourbon, but not among my most favorite or memorable.
 
Robert
Robert,
was smooth...little too sweet for me....wife loved it
 
Sean
Sean,
The only reason I don’t rate this 10 stars is because I don’t know if there is anything else out there that is better. Willett was everything you want and more. Pleasing to the nose and smooth on the pallet. It’s flavor spiral is right on and will leave you wanting more, so be careful. Will buy multiples of this.
 
Charles
Charles,
Nearest bottle in town and the contents do not disappoint. Has an oakey taste, which I’m fond of. Finish is medium and overall a damned good bourbon.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Very very smooth! I love it. I am a real fan of Koval which is very smooth and always hesitate to buy anything else but wow this is a great one and have already ordered 2 more!!! Love it
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Truly a delight. Nice smooth flavor with a little kick! Perfect for sipping and a great value.
 
Crow
Crow,
Very nice sipping bourbon. Smooth with an early sweetness. My #2 after Bookers.
 
Jon
Jon,
Really good to sip on.
 
Frank
Frank,
Smooth. Great neat.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Outstanding - smooth with great favors
 
Arthur
Arthur,
Really impressed, I will definitely be buying another bottle
 
Arthur
Arthur,
Really impressed, I will definitely buying another bottle.
 
Clayton
Clayton,
Incredibly smooth. Love it.
 
Mike
Mike,
Best serve neat. Sweet up front with the spicy in the end. I would try other offerings from the Willett distillery, one of my favorites is Noah’s Mill
 
Don
Don,
A very smooth bourbon. I would say this is definitely a must-have for any whiskey collector
 
David
David,
Have not tried it yet. Flaviar app states it’s a single barrel bourbon and I received a small batch bourbon.
 
Rick
Rick,
Surprisingly smooth. Long mouth feel with the rye coming in late. Really enjoy this one
 
Tara
Tara,
Very enjoyable bourbon! Best neat.
 
Michael
Michael,
One of the best bourbons out there.
 
Brian
Brian,
I bought it intending to make an oil lamp from the bottle. What a pleasant surprise to find that the bottle is bought for its shape held such fantastic bourbon. It’s become a staple for social functions among my friends. I can’t recommend this enough.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Very smooth all the way around.
 
Todd
Todd,
One of my favorites and priced to be able to have as a weekly drinker. Smooth and mellow. You have to try this out. If you like Basil Hayden you will love this.
 
Terry
Terry,
I like it.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Stuff is legit
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, balanced, Kentucky straight Bourbon, with a delicate birth & woody life that lead to a spicy death.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Excellent. Has a sweet but spicy taste. I’m a big fan.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth very sweet. Wonderful for the price.
 
Ross
Ross,
Nose: buttery, sweet vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice. Tastin Notes: sweet and buttery, gradually warming, light oak. Finish: light oak, warm, sweet, maple syrup.
 
Tracy
Tracy,
Like the vanilla on front end with smooth finish
 
Carl
Carl,
Very nice!
 
Nate
Nate,
if only.... I live in a small market so I've only had a small tasting. would love to have it featured all the time in my home bar!
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Vanilla at the front of the tongue. Smoky and hot finish. Different. Not bad, just different. Some notes are too mild and I think the heat is too strong. Definitely worth having because it is different from other bourbon flavor profiles, bit I would have to be in the mood for it to drink it.
 
Rhonda
Rhonda,
Top of my list
 
Gary
Gary,
Not bad
 
Rick
Rick,
Very smooth with a lot of flavor. I'm a big scotch guy, but love this bourbon.
 
Steven
Steven,
Some junk drifting around in the tube. I don't know if that's normal but I assumed that anything steeped in that much alcohol was safe to drink. Tasted strong and the alcohol was a little overpowering to the flavour.
 
Maurizio
Maurizio,
Warm but rough. Plenty of oak and with a little bitterness in the finish.
 
Aleksandr
Aleksandr,
Hot
 
Chip
Chip,
Awful
 
Nolan
Nolan,
Smooth even when consumed neat. Sweet caramel and vanilla. Spice toward the end. DELICIOUS!
 
Martin
Martin,
Great vanilla. A bit thin. Most of the flavors are delicious but too light. I would feel justified pay $50 for a bottle.
 
William
William,
Smooth, easily drinkable, but not remarkable enough to be a mainstay in my collection
 
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