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    Spec's Willet bottlings

    Spec's in Dallas opened over the weekend. I had a chance to go over there this morning and was quite impressed with the whiskey selection. Of particular interest were a handful of Spec's private selection Willet bottles. They had a 4, 8, 9 and 20yr straight bourbon and a 4yr straight rye (all single barrel, CS).

    I picked up the rye because it was only $37 but wanted to see if anyone around had tried any of these particular bourbon releases. I'm tempted to pick up all of them but not without hearing a few good words on them first.

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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings

    Quote Originally Posted by StraightNoChaser View Post
    Spec's in Dallas opened over the weekend. I had a chance to go over there this morning and was quite impressed with the whiskey selection. Of particular interest were a handful of Spec's private selection Willet bottles. They had a 4, 8, 9 and 20yr straight bourbon and a 4yr straight rye (all single barrel, CS).

    I picked up the rye because it was only $37 but wanted to see if anyone around had tried any of these particular bourbon releases. I'm tempted to pick up all of them but not without hearing a few good words on them first.
    They had a 7 and 8 in Houston which arrived 4-5 months ago. I did not like the 7, the 8 was good but overpriced. I think they wanted $75 for the 8, vs some barrels I have participated in from KBD for same juice but a barrel proof and price was $45. I knew these new bottlings were coming, but I still don't know who from Specs, if anybody, is picking these barrels.

    How were the prices compared to other retailers around DFW? Specs will price the same item at different prices at different stores.

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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings

    There isn't another retailer in DFW that carries any Willet except the pot still version (pass). The 9 year was only $51 though. The 20 was $150

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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings

    Quote Originally Posted by wadewood View Post
    I knew these new bottlings were coming, but I still don't know who from Specs, if anybody, is picking these barrels.
    All of the bottles (except the rye) say they're a Spec's privately selected barrel

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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings

    The 7 is crap and the 8yo good, but as Wade said, overpriced here in Houston. The young ryes KBD has done have gotten good reviews.

    Randy

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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings

    So is the 8 or 9 yo good for $47-52?

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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings

    I'm curious too - tagging along for more details.

    The Rye is outstanding - it's like $33 (cash/key card) and 110 proof. Really delicious and worth tracking down. I'll probably need to bunker a few.

    PS - Wade, I sent you an email about connecting in Houston next week (along with any other Houston SBers...). Really curious to hear more details on the single barrel offerings you've gotten from KBD!

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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings

    Quote Originally Posted by timd View Post
    I'm curious too - tagging along for more details.

    The Rye is outstanding - it's like $33 (cash/key card) and 110 proof. Really delicious and worth tracking down. I'll probably need to bunker a few.

    PS - Wade, I sent you an email about connecting in Houston next week (along with any other Houston SBers...). Really curious to hear more details on the single barrel offerings you've gotten from KBD!

    Spec's has obtained exclusive rights to sell about 95% of the KBD lineup in the Texas market. So, they got that goin' for themselves.

    Good thing about it....they stock most of the labels...so, it's one stop shopping.
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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings

    I have a bottle of an 8 year that I do like. It's a little younger than what I normally drink but it ends up being well balanced. The nose is grain forward. The palate introduces the char and wood. The finish is extremely long. For what it is I really like it. We just started getting random Willett single barrel bottles around town. The back labels are all blank so I don't know who picked any of them. They do give the barrel number for whatever that is worth.

    The rye is also good. I have the 2 year and 4 year. I am very impressed at how well the 4 year matured over the 2. I look forward to tracking its progress assuming they continue to release it at older age statements.

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    Re: Spec's Willet bottlings - Houston Get Together

    Quote Originally Posted by timd View Post
    PS - Wade, I sent you an email about connecting in Houston next week (along with any other Houston SBers...).
    We are going to meet at Poison Girl on Tuesday Dec 27 around 5.30pm for anybody that is interested.

 

 

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