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    BOTM 7/13: Willett Pot Still Reserve

    Hey, I'm early on this one!

    A couple of members have suggested this one, plus there's a thread about it in the General Bourbon Discussion forum. I figured it would be a good time to make it BOTM.

    I've never purchased this bourbon. I've only tasted it a couple times. Since I don't remember too much about it (CRS), I'll once again refrain from making any comments. Keep the applause to a minimum please.

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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    I've gone through 3 bottles of Willett Pot Still Reserve over the last couple of years, and although there will be some variability with single barrel offerings, there seems to be a bit more variance with this product, than say with EWSB, or ETL. My first bottle was nice from the outset, with a butterscotch nose, toasted corn and baking spices on the palate, with a long but mildly spicy finish; a very nice pour that I shared with a few novice bourbon drinkers who got hooked and went out and bought their own bottles. My second and third bottles were initially off-putting on the nose, with strong ketones, and was generally hot on the palate and finish. However, after letting each bottle sit and interact with air for several weeks, they were much better. I was picking up various notes of caramel corn and orange peel in bottle #2, and lemon peel and buttered popcorn in bottle #3. Overall, I've had enjoyable experiences with the Pot Still Reserve.

    FYI, fishnbowljoe, the second "t" in "Willett" is missing from the thread title.

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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    I have never been a fan of the WPS,I have owned exactly one bottle myself and have had it on plenty of other occasions to realize that I will never grow to appreciate it in any way.I feel the character in this particular Willett is all about black walnut and a buttery core that has just never worked for me,a hodge podge of flavors that seem to clash more than they compliment.I have had a lot of good products from KBD in the past and this one is not one of them.
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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    I've had it on multiple occasions and I can honestly say that there are cheaper liquid solvents that are just as good for removing heel marks from linoleum.

    Overpriced mystery juice, not for me.
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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    I think the bottle is pretty cool :-) The whiskey, not bad but if it was in a typical bottle, I wouldn't pay more than $15 for it. Agree on the variability. Only owned one but tasted it many times, and the range is pretty wide.
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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    I think the bottle is pretty cool :-) The whiskey, not bad but if it was in a typical bottle, I wouldn't pay more than $15 for it. Agree on the variability. Only owned one but tasted it many times, and the range is pretty wide.
    Not only is the 'range pretty wide' (which it certainly is); and, it's way over-priced (agree with Daryll); but, also the damned bottle (interesting as it is is) is too damned hard to fit on my shelf... it's so wiiiiiide ... takes up space I can use for tastier Bourbons!!!

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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    I ain't paying extra for that bottle unless Jeannie comes with it.

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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by Richnimrod View Post
    Not only is the 'range pretty wide' (which it certainly is); and, it's way over-priced (agree with Daryll); but, also the damned bottle (interesting as it is is) is too damned hard to fit on my shelf... it's so wiiiiiide ... takes up space I can use for tastier Bourbons!!!
    Silly - you empty it (in the usual manner) and then put it on top of the cabinet, or a shelf, etc. I like the lamp idea, and may do that at some point.
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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    A high corn sweet corny bourbon has been my experience. But I have always enjoyed it. Despite people seeming to loath it on here I have enjoyed it and purchased it for home. Great looking package sure, the origins of the distillate may be a mystery to us. Many distillates have been aged at Willett, and there is certainly something special about their rackhouses IMHO. The flora and fauna of the Willett distillery makes a lot of magic happen out of distillates I'd normally find middle of the road. Willet Pot Still, I don't know where it came from, I doubt it came from a pot still, but I know to me it is good and better than other products. At that price point are there better options? Well that is a point for discussion, but I will affirm there is nothing wrong with this bourbon.
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    Re: BOTM 7/13: Willet Pot Still Reserve

    Why do they call it Pot Still? Was it once made with a pot still a couple hundred years ago?
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