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BunkerBooze
12-27-2009, 23:23
Since there are so many different ages of Willett bourbons and ryes, I was wondering what is the best tasting Willett bourbon and Willett rye you have ever tried?

spun_cookie
12-27-2009, 23:28
Since there are so many different ages of Willett bourbons and ryes, I was wondering what is the best tasting Willett bourbon and Willett rye you have ever tried?

DougDog had his hand in both... 22yr Dougs Rye and the 6yr Reid bottling for Bourbon are two of the tops...

Another 2 bourbons are the 25 year BevMo (chocolate monster) and the 27yr Binnys bottling of ~22 bottles

birdman1099
12-28-2009, 07:33
While I cannot disagree with the above, I must throw in there the 16 yr 147 proofer that the Party source did in 2008. Im my circles, it earned 2 nicknames "Stagg Daddy" and "Chewy".

ggilbertva
12-28-2009, 09:10
While I cannot disagree with the above, I must throw in there the 16 yr 147 proofer that the Party source did in 2008. Im my circles, it earned 2 nicknames "Stagg Daddy" and "Chewy".

That 147 proofer is a monster. I would add a bottling that Dave G. did that I believe was 16 years old. The recent E & R bottling is simply terrific.

SMOWK
12-28-2009, 09:25
I opened my first Willett bottle just the other day. It was a 5yr bottling by Gonano. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. I'm glad I have 3 more of the 5 yr and 2 of the 8yr with Gonano on the back.

p_elliott
12-28-2009, 09:35
Just why is it when then the name Willett's comes out the names Dougdoug and DGonano start flying:bowdown: .(rhetorical question )

By the way if either one of you are reading this I hope your doing well. Maybe see you in KY again.

ggilbertva
12-28-2009, 09:37
Doug and Dave know how to pick them.

p_elliott
12-28-2009, 09:59
Doug and Dave know how to pick them.

Like I said Rhetorical question

ggilbertva
12-28-2009, 10:10
Like I said Rhetorical question

Yah, I know but I've yet to have a bottle selected by either that I didn't think was very good. I've had some Willetts that I felt were mediocre, but not coming from either Dave or Doug.

dgonano
12-28-2009, 14:40
Thanks for the support. A smart man surrounds himself with smarter men. I always invite Doug and my boys to help in the selection. Drew Kulsveen should also be complimented as he rolls out or taps into excellent barrels.

I will be in KY for the sampler. Hope to see all my good friends!

OscarV
12-28-2009, 15:02
Another,...
the 25 year BevMo (chocolate monster)

Oh hell yeah, amen, F-ing A right, slap yo Mama's face, that was the ugliest bourbon I ever saw, (looked like iron contaminated river water) but worth every penny of the 2 pictures of Franklin.

nor02lei
12-28-2009, 15:40
I havenít actually tasted any but the 2 22 year rye bottled for Doug. Both were excellent with the first one being one of the best whiskeys I have ever had.

Leif

mgilbertva
12-29-2009, 18:29
I've tried several (I lost count), and here's my favorites:

Doug's 22yo Rye (possibly my favorite whiskey ever)
Doug & Reid's 18yo (very musty at first, but opens up beautifully)
Dave Ganano's 16 yo (unique dark chocolate/resin flavor due to the use of a different kind of oak)
Bourbon Society's 7 yo silver wax (best of the younger Willetts)

Slob
12-29-2009, 20:56
I am having a bastard of a time finding any Willett at all in New York.

cigarnv
12-30-2009, 04:57
Doug's original two ryes are IMO are the best offerings to be graced by the Willet's label....

AVB
12-30-2009, 09:28
I have to agree that the Iron Fist and Velvet Glove are two for the ages.

gblick
12-30-2009, 15:15
The only Willett to be found on store shelves around here is that Willett's Bourbon in the fancy bottle. :hot:

OscarV
12-30-2009, 15:23
I have not opened it yet cuz I just ain't got around to it but I have a bottle with the following credits;

Distilled: 5-21-03
Age: 4yo
Proof: 125.4
Cooperage: Oak
Stored In Warehouse: B
Rick: 54
Barrel No: 2
Selected for: Toddy's & Dougz Fall Festival 2007

Anybody had any?
If so whud ya think?

WsmataU
12-30-2009, 15:32
I have not opened it yet cuz I just ain't got around to it but I have a bottle with the following credits;

Distilled: 5-21-03
Age: 4yo
Proof: 125.4
Cooperage: Oak
Stored In Warehouse: B
Rick: 54
Barrel No: 2
Selected for: Toddy's & Dougz Fall Festival 2007

Anybody had any?
If so whud ya think?

I have a couple bottles from Toddy's and one opened. I haven't tried it in a while, but I remember it being hot with a lot of spice as compared to the 16 yr that was loaded with brown sugar and much smoother. Maybe I'll do a side by side later tonight and try to come back with some notes.

OscarV
12-30-2009, 15:37
I have a couple bottles from Toddy's,....
but I remember it being hot with a lot of spice as compared to the 16 yr



4yo vs 16yo, not fair!

OscarV
01-03-2010, 12:12
I have another one that I forgot about.
It is a special selection by Binny's.
The stats are as follows,

27 Years Old
138.6 Proof
Bottle No 19 of 24
Distilled: December 5, 1980
Cooperage: White Oak
Stored In Warehouse: C
Rick: NI
Barrel No: 473

It seems that Joe AKA Lost Pollito @ Binny's was trying to keep track of all 24 bottles as to where they ended up.

Hey Joe, you still have that count?

spun_cookie
01-03-2010, 12:23
I have another one that I forgot about.
It is a special selection by Binny's.
The stats are as follows,

27 Years Old
138.6 Proof
Bottle No 19 of 24
Distilled: December 5, 1980
Cooperage: White Oak
Stored In Warehouse: C
Rick: NI
Barrel No: 473

It seems that Joe AKA Lost Pollito @ Binny's was trying to keep track of all 24 bottles as to where they ended up.

Hey Joe, you still have that count?

I know where 3 are.... Scott, Birdman has 1... not sure of the number... like 9 of 24 I think and I have #5 (unopened) and #16 (1/3 gone).

Tony has one I think.... How many did Binny's hold behind for prosperity... I hope a few.

birdman1099
01-03-2010, 13:30
I believe TomH has one.

Lost Pollito
01-03-2010, 16:37
I have another one that I forgot about.
It is a special selection by Binny's.
The stats are as follows,

27 Years Old
138.6 Proof
Bottle No 19 of 24
Distilled: December 5, 1980
Cooperage: White Oak
Stored In Warehouse: C
Rick: NI
Barrel No: 473

It seems that Joe AKA Lost Pollito @ Binny's was trying to keep track of all 24 bottles as to where they ended up.

Hey Joe, you still have that count?
Yep. I've got the list on my desk. :grin: I think 2 are held back. That was SW juice. Very delicious. :grin: I hear we may get some more at some point. Fingers crossed.

tommyboy38
01-03-2010, 19:59
Only 2 left? Maybe I'll stop by tomorrow!!!

WsmataU
01-03-2010, 20:25
I have a couple bottles from Toddy's and one opened. I haven't tried it in a while, but I remember it being hot with a lot of spice as compared to the 16 yr that was loaded with brown sugar and much smoother. Maybe I'll do a side by side later tonight and try to come back with some notes.

Oscar, I obviously confused the bottle you listed with what I have. I apologize for the delay, but life got in the way....lol. Mine is 7yrs old, but still a Toddy's selection:
124.6 proof
Bottle 25/144
Distilled March 12, 2001
Warehouse B
Rick # North 7
Barrel # 8194

It still has that heat I remembered. It has a better nose than I remembered with some vanilla, molasses and leather. It is a lighter amber color than the older stuff and the alcohol makes itself more apparent earlier in tasting. It's just not as mellow or sweet, but that's not surprising. It is a very nice pour and considering I paid less than $40 for the bottle I think it was a good buy. I'll save the 16 yr comparison for next weekend. I remember that one bing much sweeter and having a lot of brown sugar flavor to it.

Lost Pollito
01-03-2010, 20:51
Only 2 left? Maybe I'll stop by tomorrow!!!
Ha-ha!!:lol: Don't bother they're tucked away for quite some time yet.

tommyboy38
01-03-2010, 21:26
Just untuck them

Vange
01-04-2010, 14:09
I have another one that I forgot about.
It is a special selection by Binny's.
The stats are as follows,

27 Years Old
138.6 Proof
Bottle No 19 of 24
Distilled: December 5, 1980
Cooperage: White Oak
Stored In Warehouse: C
Rick: NI
Barrel No: 473

It seems that Joe AKA Lost Pollito @ Binny's was trying to keep track of all 24 bottles as to where they ended up.

Hey Joe, you still have that count?

I have one as well. One of my prize possessions.

OscarV
01-04-2010, 16:11
I have one as well. One of my prize possessions.

What number?
C'mon guys list the numbers, I have #19, what else is out there, and Joe get that list off your desk and enter it here!!!
:lol: :slappin: :grin: :slappin: :grin:
But really, it'd be cool it link all 24 bottles to names.

birdman1099
01-06-2010, 07:30
Mine is bottle 9

Vange
01-07-2010, 13:55
If I get a chance I will find the number.

chouffe62
01-18-2010, 07:50
I have bottle 10. I Would actually like to trade this for a A.H. Hirsch 20. Please PM me if anyone is interested. Thanks!

OscarV
01-18-2010, 15:02
I have bottle 10. I Would actually like to trade this for a A.H. Hirsch 20. Please PM me if anyone is interested. Thanks!



If I only had 2 Hirsch 20's.

TNbourbon
01-18-2010, 21:09
I have not opened it yet cuz I just ain't got around to it but I have a bottle with the following credits;

Distilled: 5-21-03
Age: 4yo
Proof: 125.4
Cooperage: Oak
Stored In Warehouse: B
Rick: 54
Barrel No: 2
Selected for: Toddy's & Dougz Fall Festival 2007

Anybody had any?
If so whud ya think?


I have a couple bottles from Toddy's and one opened...
Oscar, like Frank, I have one of these open, another sealed. It's very good whiskey, to be sure -- but the over-riding fact about it to me is how complex 4yo bourbon can be, and how disappointing that makes all the standard 4yo bourbons (albeit, not barrel-proof!) out there.

chouffe62
01-19-2010, 06:44
If I only had 2 Hirsch 20's.

My nephew retired from the Navy last year after 20 years of service and his 20th wedding anniversary arrives in June. We thought a Hirsch 20 would make a really nice "20 years" gift theme.

sailor22
01-19-2010, 18:58
I'm going to agree with everyone on the Doug's Ryes. Both that I have sampled are great. I don't own any bottles but would love to. The other two Ryes that I find really special and comparable are the Bourbon DC "Iron Fist" and the Seelbach's Rathskeller Rye (I'll call it a Willett).

The Em & Reid 6yr is one of my all time favorite Bourbons. You guys deserve a medal.

The Bourbon Society 7yr never lets me down and now I wish I had the good sense to buy more when I had the chance.

Also I have a 18 yr Doug and Willy'z bourbon open that should be on this list.

Lost Pollito
01-19-2010, 20:28
So, my question is...when are we picking a sb Willet barrel? I think we could probably pick a great one together. :grin:

sgtgto
01-20-2010, 01:30
So, my question is...when are we picking a sb Willet barrel? I think we could probably pick a great one together. :grin:

I am in. But I think it should be a 10 yr old or better.

BourbonJoe
01-20-2010, 06:46
The finest Willett SB I've ever tasted was a 12 y/o 114 proof jewel that I think I got at the Party Source. There were only 72 bottles made. That ranks with some of the finest whiskey that I've ever tasted. Also Dave Gonano's 16 y/o was quite good.
Joe :usflag:

sailor22
01-20-2010, 07:52
o, my question is...when are we picking a sb Willet barrel? I think we could probably pick a great one together.

Only if Doug, Dave, Emerald and Reid lead the charge am I confident.

gothbat
01-20-2010, 08:05
So, my question is...when are we picking a sb Willet barrel? I think we could probably pick a great one together. :grin:

That would be cool, my one remaining bottle from the last sb barrel purchase I was in on is probably my most prized bottle!

doubleblank
01-20-2010, 11:17
There's only been one "official" Straightbourbon.com barrel purchase and that was the two Pappy 23yo SB's we did several years ago. Purchased through Binny's to facilitate shipping around the country.

Individuals and small groups of SB'ers have purchased barrels from the Kulsveens, BT, JVW, JD, WT, et al. It's getting too hard to keep track of all the single barrels that our members have participated in. I don't recall ever trying a bad one.....something with a serious flaw. Some were not my favorites in terms of flavors I look for, but were all drinkable. For example, those 4yo Willetts are a little brash to my taste, but make excellent Manhattans. As do those older Willett Ryes. My least favorite SB was done many years ago by some of us as a SB of regular ol BT. The reason it's my least favorite is that it tastes like.......regular BT. And that's not bad, just nothing special.

Randy

OscarV
01-20-2010, 11:59
So, my question is...when are we picking a sb Willet barrel? I think we could probably pick a great one together. :grin:


Only if Doug, Dave, Emerald and Reid lead the charge am I confident.


I am in. But I think it should be a 10 yr old or better.

I agree with all of the above.
Let's do it!

Vange
01-20-2010, 13:31
the two Pappy 23yo SB's we did several years ago. Purchased through Binny's to facilitate shipping around the country.
Randy

Some of the finest whisky I ever had!

With that said, I'd be up for any single barrel stuff headed by the great people of this forum.

dgonano
01-21-2010, 09:10
Randy is too humble to mention the "Best" single barrel...his own "Van Blankle". He's the one who started the craze.

whskylvr
02-17-2010, 17:46
I was out today for the first time in many months (broken foot) and I stumbled upon 3 bottles of Willett 25yr, BevMo Bottling, 90.2 proof. From what i have read here this is pretty good juice (any comments???)

I purchased one thats all the cash I had on me and I plan on going back for the other two. Really looking forward to trying this one.:grin:

WsmataU
02-17-2010, 19:06
Some of the finest whisky I ever had!

With that said, I'd be up for any single barrel stuff headed by the great people of this forum.

I'm in!!!!!!:cool:

whskylvr
02-22-2010, 18:20
I have learned a valuable lesson. What you ask? Well if you look at post #47 I reported that I found 3 Willet 25 yr. and I had enough cash on me to purchase 1 bottle. Well I went back and the other 2 didn't last long.

First I hope that another SB.com member was able to get them or a least one of them. I hope that a lurker didn't get them and they end up on Ebay. I had planned on getting the other 2 for Sb.com members.

Lesson: Do not post any news on bottles until you have bought all that you want (whether they are for you or friends on the site).:hot: :hot: :hot: :hot:

DeanSheen
02-22-2010, 18:35
Lurker burn!

Sucks man.

OscarV
09-19-2010, 06:06
........ bourbons are the 25 year BevMo (chocolate monster) ........

OK, 'fess up, who got it?
Last night a bottle of this liquid chocolate sold on eBay for $260.33 plus $16.00 shipping.
Bottle No 63 of 96.
It would have went so nice with my empty bottle of No 29.

Josh
09-19-2010, 06:42
Lesson: Do not post any news on bottles until you have bought all that you want (whether they are for you or friends on the site).:hot: :hot: :hot: :hot:

We've all been there.

Josh
09-19-2010, 06:43
OK, 'fess up, who got it?
Last night a bottle of this liquid chocolate sold on eBay for $260.33 plus $16.00 shipping.
Bottle No 63 of 96.
It would have went so nice with my empty bottle of No 29.

That's not a totally insane price either. Shocking for ebay.

OscarV
09-19-2010, 07:01
That's not a totally insane price either. Shocking for ebay.

Yeah, it was a reasonable eBay price. 2 hundred was the original shelf price.
Confession time,....my last bid was $255.83.:rolleyes:

jburlowski
09-19-2010, 09:28
Gee, no bids yet on the WR4G starting at $219.99. :lol:

BBQ+Bourbon
09-19-2010, 09:29
I have learned a valuable lesson. What you ask? Well if you look at post #47 I reported that I found 3 Willet 25 yr. and I had enough cash on me to purchase 1 bottle. Well I went back and the other 2 didn't last long.

First I hope that another SB.com member was able to get them or a least one of them. I hope that a lurker didn't get them and they end up on Ebay. I had planned on getting the other 2 for Sb.com members.

Lesson: Do not post any news on bottles until you have bought all that you want (whether they are for you or friends on the site).:hot: :hot: :hot: :hot:
That's a great lesson to learn. I know of several others who have experienced the same thing.

IronHead
09-19-2010, 12:49
Gee, no bids yet on the WR4G starting at $219.99. :lol:

I wonder if that's the same one I traded to someone on here for something that I'd actually drink. :grin:

ChainWhip
08-07-2013, 20:50
Followed a link from the Rye Drinking thread to here.

I've got a bottle of Willett FE 8yr Barrel 775 / 61.85% ABV - a stunner of a bourbon with deep caramel & fruit jam notes. (bottled for Vinum Distributors here in Washington state - released Fall 2012)

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/9463262434_a5f5dd9d6c_c.jpg

rutterb
08-08-2013, 08:31
Was able to sample a 21 yr Willet here in Nashville. Got to talking with a salesperson and asked if I'd like to try it. They had an opened bottle in the back. It was some amazing stuff. Not sure if there is any still around, but i knew two stores that had the 21 yr bottle for $175. I've not had a 20 or 23 yr winkle, but had to imagine it being much better.

While at Jack Rose in DC this summer, me and two buddies sampled a couple Willets. I have no idea which ones, just remember our tab split 3-ways was not a small number. Wouldn't have been two bad until on guy ordered a 21 yr Macallen as we were asking for our tab.

squire
08-08-2013, 10:00
Gotta watch those tabs, they tend to mushroom right near the end.

Old Dusty
08-08-2013, 18:00
I have a 9yr 125 proof wheater selected by Crossroad Vintners Spring 2013 release. Compares favorably with WLW in a side by side. WLW better but not by much. Suspect similar provenance for the juice.

ChainWhip
08-08-2013, 18:16
I have a 9yr 125 proof wheater selected by Crossroad Vintners Spring 2013 release. Compares favorably with WLW in a side by side. WLW better but not by much. Suspect similar provenance for the juice.

What barrel # is yours?

Old Dusty
08-08-2013, 18:26
What barrel # is yours?

1598 ( message too short etc)

theglobalguy
10-28-2013, 16:40
1598 ( message too short etc)

Well i just stumbled across one of these today (and left another on the shelf). Curious if you feel as strong about now as you did then?

Also managed to find a 10yr, barrel #821 at the same store. Pretty good Willett week for me given these are leftover from Spring release.

Old Dusty
10-28-2013, 17:53
Well i just stumbled across one of these today (and left another on the shelf). Curious if you feel as strong about now as you did then?

Also managed to find a 10yr, barrel #821 at the same store. Pretty good Willett week for me given these are leftover from Spring release.

I would definitely grab another without hesitation as long as the price wasn't crazy. At worst it's barrel proof extra aged Weller Antique. At best a slightly younger WLW. Either one works for me.

393foureyedfox
10-28-2013, 21:35
is willetts source BT?

HighInTheMtns
10-28-2013, 21:58
is willetts source BT?
Their source is every distillery but one.

LostBottle
10-28-2013, 22:40
There was a lot of love for the Doug Ryes, but I have to be honest and say that the Velvet Glove bottled for the Jack Rose blew away both barrels.

Old Dusty
10-29-2013, 05:28
is willetts source BT?

It varies and is never directly disclosed. This particular bottle was tasted by multiple people whose palates I trust much more than mine and all agreed it was BT. Clearly a wheater and did not taste at all like the Old Fitz/Larceny line from HH. Compared very favorably to WLW side by side. So to answer your question, on this single barrel bottling we believe BT was the source.

callmeox
10-29-2013, 06:00
There was a lot of love for the Doug Ryes, but I have to be honest and say that the Velvet Glove bottled for the Jack Rose blew away both barrels.

I've consumed copious amounts of the two 'Doug' ryes as well as the Iron Fist and Velvet Glove selections and I must disagree.

The latter two had a harshness that wasn't present in the former, but it all depends on whose palate yours happens to follow.

tigerlam92
10-29-2013, 09:07
I've consumed copious amounts of the two 'Doug' ryes as well as the Iron Fist and Velvet Glove selections and I must disagree.

The latter two had a harshness that wasn't present in the former, but it all depends on whose palate yours happens to follow.

Hi Scott,

You are so privileged and I am so jealous. Those are amazing ryes however you look at it. I will love to take the worst. Kind of like choosing the better between the top five candidates in the miss universe pageant or who is the greatest heavyweight boxer from previous title holders.

Cheers,
Hugh

callmeox
10-29-2013, 10:10
Not privileged by any means, just a matter of good timing.

Old Dusty
10-29-2013, 10:41
Doug Phillips' Green Ink made an appearance at the recent Indy gathering. Now had several pours of that and the Neal/Doug. Both sublime and don't drink their proof( in a good way). I have yet to taste anything (rye or bourbon) better.

clingman71
10-29-2013, 11:03
I have only tried one Willett, TPS barrel 14a, 17 y/o wheater. Stellar, in my top 3 all time bourbons.

ewj
10-31-2013, 09:43
fellas, just read my way all through this thread as I consider myself a bit of a willett fan. only had the fam estate rye (4yo I believe) and a pretty hyped bourbon so far (x/98 bottles iirc). and the rye makes for a top notch manhattan/sazerac... my local dealer just got a 18/20yo fam estate bourbon and I was wondering if those are worth a healthy amount of money... will try to get more info on the bottlings.


My nephew retired from the Navy last year after 20 years of service and his 20th wedding anniversary arrives in June. We thought a Hirsch 20 would make a really nice "20 years" gift theme.

are you guys talking about the hirsch american whiskey 20yo special reserve 96 proof by any chance? bc I might be able to pick up a bottle...

cheers

bingstein
10-31-2013, 11:29
I've only had a sample of the Willett 8 yo wheater 1789b and it was sublime. Apart from that, my expertise level is still so low that I have no idea what to buy as far as Willetts go. Still a lot to learn.

tigerlam92
10-31-2013, 17:59
fellas, just read my way all through this thread as I consider myself a bit of a willett fan. only had the fam estate rye (4yo I believe) and a pretty hyped bourbon so far (x/98 bottles iirc). and the rye makes for a top notch manhattan/sazerac... my local dealer just got a 18/20yo fam estate bourbon and I was wondering if those are worth a healthy amount of money... will try to get more info on the bottlings.



are you guys talking about the hirsch american whiskey 20yo special reserve 96 proof by any chance? bc I might be able to pick up a bottle...

cheers

Hmm, maybe some more researching on Willett and Hirsch would be useful for you. There are tons of other good threads as well.

For Willett, the consensus is truly, you will need to know what bottle or barrel you are buying. Every other barrel could be night and day different for say Willet 18 year or 20 year. So you either need to know the barrel number or name on the bottle to know exactly what you are getting. If you are going blind then at least pick the person who chose the barrel not the bottle itself.

For Hirsch 20, please don't jump into conclusion yet :). People reference Hirsch 20 for many different things and some are truly sublime other maybe not. Also lots of confusion with Hirsch and AH Hirsch as well.

Cheers

mbroo5880i
10-31-2013, 18:17
I would love to try one (bourbon or rye) but all I ever see are the younger ryes. The price point and potential for variance steer me to other options. I am going to have to ask the manager at my local store what he suggests from his stock. The 8 year old wheater the Bingster tasted sounds pretty good.

ewj
11-01-2013, 00:51
@tigerlam: got quite some new infos on willett and their business model in this and some other thread. would you mind referencing me some threads that might heighten my hirsch-knowledge? gonna use the search function but happily acceptin help ;)

wheatfield
03-03-2014, 19:21
I have another one that I forgot about.
It is a special selection by Binny's.
The stats are as follows,

27 Years Old
138.6 Proof
Bottle No 19 of 24
Distilled: December 5, 1980
Cooperage: White Oak
Stored In Warehouse: C
Rick: NI
Barrel No: 473

It seems that Joe AKA Lost Pollito @ Binny's was trying to keep track of all 24 bottles as to where they ended up.

Hey Joe, you still have that count?

I have bottle number 18.

Vange
03-04-2014, 14:31
pretty sure i have one of these too

pmirish
03-04-2014, 18:54
hey all, was looking for anyone who has had the 10yr barrel #1295. I did a search and found fellow hoosier old dusty scored a bottle last year. mind sharing any tasting notes?

Old Dusty
03-04-2014, 21:17
hey all, was looking for anyone who has had the 10yr barrel #1295. I did a search and found fellow hoosier old dusty scored a bottle last year. mind sharing any tasting notes?

i do have that bottle but it is on deck for opening. Sorry no notes yet. Was told by the purveyor that it was wheated mash, but can't confirm.

Razer91
03-05-2014, 15:37
I haven't tried that many Willetts but I did like some that I tried and brought back from Japan, Willett 17 year barrel #3706 and 8 year barrel #6536. I also liked the 9 year old Willett that Bill brought to the last GBS meetup, it had a strong peanut butter flavor.

s8ist
03-05-2014, 19:47
Peanut butter is a pretty rare descriptive for whiskey. Last time I ran across that was Auchentoshan three wood I had years ago.

I have most only had the 4 year and (currently open) a 3 year rye. Oddly, the 3 year is less rye like and more bourbon like. Very smooth in comparison to the 4 years, probably the best Willett I've had.

WhiskyRI
03-07-2014, 06:39
I haven't been lucky enough to find that many WFE's in the wild but the best two by far have a 10yr Barrel # 824 at 127.2 that I found at Julio's and a 12 year private barrel from Yankee Spirits Barrel #385 at 123.1 proof. The 12 year was highly recommended so I bought 3 untasted and tasted that night and immediately ordered 3 more. I wish my budget was bigger because I would have bought out the barrel. Just amazing. Chocolate cocoa lusciousness.

MrAtomic
03-07-2014, 13:22
Although I've had some very enjoyable Willetts, one that stands out was a 25 year-old that was bottled at least 5-6 years ago for Pacific Edge or BevMo -- my memory is a little rusty. It's remarkable to me for two reasons: first, because I don't tend to like extra-aged bourbons, and second, because it was the chocolatiest bourbon I can remember tasting. It was like drinking an oak-chip chocolate bar dunked in alcohol. Does anyone else remember this bottling? I recall that it was at a relatively low proof, and had a black wax top but not much else.

Old Dusty
03-07-2014, 14:09
Although I've had some very enjoyable Willetts, one that stands out was a 25 year-old that was bottled at least 5-6 years ago for Pacific Edge or BevMo -- my memory is a little rusty. It's remarkable to me for two reasons: first, because I don't tend to like extra-aged bourbons, and second, because it was the chocolatiest bourbon I can remember tasting. It was like drinking an oak-chip chocolate bar dunked in alcohol. Does anyone else remember this bottling? I recall that it was at a relatively low proof, and had a black wax top but not much else.

There is a reference earlier in this thread to the "Chocolate Monster" a 25 yr BevMo bottling. I haven't sampled it but seems to be fairly renowned on the board. Probably the same one you reference. The cocoa/chocolate taste seems to crop up in the older Willetts. I just sampled a 17 and a 16 that both had that flavor. The 17 in spades.

MrAtomic
03-07-2014, 14:20
There is a reference earlier in this thread to the "Chocolate Monster" a 25 yr BevMo bottling.

D'oh! Right on the first page! Thank you for the re-direct, Old Dusty. That's the one -- the "Chocolate Monster." Man, was it ever. To have been able to afford a stockpile of that stuff... but I'll make myself cry salty, non-chocolately tears if I keep thinking such thoughts.

luther.r
03-07-2014, 15:33
D'oh! Right on the first page! Thank you for the re-direct, Old Dusty. That's the one -- the "Chocolate Monster." Man, was it ever. To have been able to afford a stockpile of that stuff... but I'll make myself cry salty, non-chocolately tears if I keep thinking such thoughts.
Just vat whatever you're drinking with a little hot cocoa, and voila!

tlandwe2
05-19-2014, 12:51
i do have that bottle but it is on deck for opening. Sorry no notes yet. Was told by the purveyor that it was wheated mash, but can't confirm.

Old Dusty I was wondering if you had opened that 10yr #1295 yet? I was just able to snag a bottle of it and would love to hear your opinion on it

Old Dusty
05-19-2014, 17:13
Not yet-big on deck circle:grin:

A friend has one open and I will ask and also try to open mine this weekend.

tlandwe2
05-19-2014, 18:02
Not yet-big on deck circle:grin:

A friend has one open and I will ask and also try to open mine this weekend.

Totally understandable. Thanks, I appreciate the response and let me know your thoughts if you are able to try some

Phil T
05-19-2014, 18:10
Old Dusty I was wondering if you had opened that 10yr #1295 yet? I was just able to snag a bottle of it and would love to hear your opinion on it

Hey Tim, since you have a bottle, why don't you pop that sucker and give us YOUR opinion of it!!

:toast:

tlandwe2
05-19-2014, 18:39
Hey Tim, since you have a bottle, why don't you pop that sucker and give us YOUR opinion of it!!

:toast:

Normally that is exactly what I would do. But I generally split my finds with a buddy and in this case I was able to grab an 8yr willett and a 10yr willett. I'm trying to figure out which one to keep and which one to let him have. Not that I won't be able to have some pours from the one I give up, but I'd like to find out any info beforehand

Abmerkel
06-01-2014, 18:00
Any insight on that Willett 1295, may have a chance to purchase a bottle and wanted to see if it was wheated and tasting notes

ModernThirst
06-01-2014, 19:55
The best I had was a recent 23 year for Liquor Barn and a 10 year for Westport whiskey & wine (barrel 2070). Outstanding bourbons. I think the 10 year was slightly better.

tylermke
06-01-2014, 20:54
The best I had was a recent 23 year for Liquor Barn and a 10 year for Westport whiskey & wine (barrel 2070). Outstanding bourbons. I think the 10 year was slightly better.

I completely agree on the 2070. Tried some at a Bardstown restaurant during Sampler and have been looking for a bottle ever since. :)

Old Dusty
06-02-2014, 17:55
Old Dusty I was wondering if you had opened that 10yr #1295 yet? I was just able to snag a bottle of it and would love to hear your opinion on it

Popped and poured: experience tells me that these barrel proofers need some air time to truly show their wares. With that said, my initial impression within the first 15 minutes is that this is from wheated mash. The nose is candy corn and pastry. On the taste, I am getting the hallmark baked apple, vanilla and toffee flavors and not as much of the cinnamon and wood spice you get with a rye mashed bourbon. At almost 120 proof neat there is some alcohol tingle that could be hiding the spicier notes. But first impression is strong and I'm glad I have a twin in the bunker. I would happily serve this to my bourbon snob...I mean highly discerning friends with educated palates:cool: