Fortunately, I don't have to wait.
Bought a bottle this weekend and it's not bad at all. Price is pretty high, though all bourbon is priced too high in Australia.
I don't hate the bottle as much also some apparently do. It is a bit pretentious, but hey I don't mind 'em trying to be different and to stand out on a retailer's shelf. The problem with the bottle becomes apparent when it gets home and you try to find a place for it.
As to the juice; I agree with the majority opinion, I guess. It's allright and I'd keep it around, if I could buy it for half the dough. I find it a bit too dry, and kinda 'crisp' which isn't right in my preference center. I'll reach for mine (still on my first bottle) once in a great while when I want a cleaner pour. Usually I grab something a bit woodier, and even a little 'musty' (nod to Darryld). I don't see me ever buying it again. Once I empty the darn bottle, I'll have to decide what, if anything, to put in it. Since I paid half of the purchase price for the it, it's hard to just toss it.
Which is why I refuse to pay extra for packaging, be it bottle or box.
Fancy packaging on bourbon reminds me of my first encounter with the "Wonder Bra"...........WTF?
Since buying my first in February, I'm putting a dent in it mostly as an effort to empty it - although I'm also not sure what to put in its place. Pouring from the bottle can be a bit of a pain (as it wants to "glug" if you aren't pouring really slowly). Otherwise, I'd use it for SB blend so it has some utility besides just being purty. Maybe one of those colored sand things? I'll be glad to have it out of the cabinet though as its wide base takes up disproportionate space (same thing with OFBB, although some years that has been a total bargain for the money!)
I personally have never really found anything to like about any of the total package.I find it nutty and buttery and not really in a good way,overpriced with a lot of other offerings in this bracket and the pot still/toilet plunger bottle is unattractive and a royal pain in the ass.I have enjoyed a lot of the other Willett offerings,but this one never has fit the bill for me.
To call my words 'acerbic' and 'hating' is making a comment.