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Willett received TTB approval for the label on the first product of their own (current) distillation. A two year rye at cask strength. Can't wait to give this a try.

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Ravensfire

I wonder if this will be giftshop only. Glad to see some of their distillation out on the market. I'll be interested to see how it fares.

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I wonder if this will be giftshop only. Glad to see some of their distillation out on the market. I'll be interested to see how it fares.

I wish I could remember how many barrels a day they said they fill. I was there the week after they filled the first warehouse, but it escapes me.

# of barrels x expected yield would give us a sense of supply. If it's tiny, then would guess GS only.

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I'm not in the market for a 2yo rye, so let's hope the supply is small [to allow for a greater supply of older product, later].

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I am willing to bet there rye will be fine. And good rye ages fast. I have been drinking pikesville 3 year old recently, its a great drink for 9 bucks a fifth.

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I'm hoping it will be distributed. I was impressed with the JEP NAS rye which we assume to be 2yrs and a day. For me, rye still brings it at a young age, where I'm not as satisfied with bourbon that young. It may start out as a gift shop offering just to see how it does (although that will suck if the flippers stock up on it, as Willett has shown sensitivity to the secondary market - not that I blame them - but then the price will go up for distribution). The nice thing about a 2 yr product is that they can churn through it more quickly (and less loss to the angels) to support a wider distribution. It would be good to have some idea of how much rye they distill/barrel per week on average. I'm looking forward to picking one up!

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The Black Tot

I'm with those who will wait for an older release, unless:

A) it gets surprisingly good reviews here

B) it is priced like a 2yr product, such that there is little to lose.

tbt

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I'm with those who will wait for an older release, unless:

A) it gets surprisingly good reviews here

B) it is priced like a 2yr product, such that there is little to lose.

tbt

The first is possible I suppose. Won't hold my breath on the second but maybe I will be surprised.

One can hope...

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The first is possible I suppose. Won't hold my breath on the second but maybe I will be surprised.

One can hope...

No kidding - my fear is that they'll cut back the 4 yr and this will "replace it" at the same (or nearly the same) price point. But we can hope, right!

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Dolph Lundgren

I had a chance to taste their rye off the still about a year and half ago when the distillery was first opened to the public. Some of the best unaged distillate I've tasted (along with High West). It's exciting to have a new distillate on the market, and hopefully, start easing market limitations. In 3 to 8 years this could be some real killer stuff. Hopefully they release it yearly so nerds like us can track it's growth.

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I reached out to a contact there, and asked if this would be a gift shop only, or would be available down in Atlanta. He advised that this rye was aged in Warehouse A (which I'm not familiar with their Warehouses, but thought I would include it here for folks who might be?), and it should be hitting Atlanta at some point this summer - so not a "gift shop only" offering. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for it!

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Any idea as to price? I'm guessing 50 bigguns.

OMG - I hope not. I'll ask for an expected price range. If it is $50 . . . I'll be less eager to run out and snag one. I know it is different since it is their distillate, but when the 4 yr is $40, and there are other 2 yr-ish in the $30 range, if they fall outside of that, I'll be disappointed.

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According to a twitter account belonging to a guy banned from this site-who seems to have an in with Willett, they will begin shipping this month on the rye. Take all of that with however many grains of salt you choose:cool:

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According to a twitter account belonging to a guy banned from this site-who seems to have an in with Willett, they will begin shipping this month on the rye. Take all of that with however many grains of salt you choose:cool:

That same guy tweeted about the Maker's Mark Cask Strength a couple months back and though his timing was off, he does appear to have inside sources.

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According to a twitter account belonging to a guy banned from this site-who seems to have an in with Willett, they will begin shipping this month on the rye. Take all of that with however many grains of salt you choose:cool:

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Got an update on the price - per my source the shelf price should fall in the $30 to $35 range. Now that doesn't mean that is where the stores WILL price stuff, but in the past when I asked for price ranges on their offerings (ie - Johnny Drum Private Stock, WFE 4 yr rye), they were pretty darn close. Hopefully we'll see in the next month or two!

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Got an update on the price - per my source the shelf price should fall in the $30 to $35 range. Now that doesn't mean that is where the stores WILL price stuff, but in the past when I asked for price ranges on their offerings (ie - Johnny Drum Private Stock, WFE 4 yr rye), they were pretty darn close. Hopefully we'll see in the next month or two!

I'll gladly give it a try at 30-35. Was worried it would be 50+

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I'll gladly give it a try at 30-35. Was worried it would be 50+

While I was hoping for something a little less expensive, I can understand the pricing in today's market. It would be great to try this distillate at different age intervals to see how it changes.

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While I was hoping for something a little less expensive, I can understand the pricing in today's market. It would be great to try this distillate at different age intervals to see how it changes.

I agree - I plan on making an "archive sample" when I pick one up. I don't know if they'll offer a 3 yr next yr, or wait until the 4 yr mark. At a tasting last year, they brought in a 3 yr and 4 yr so we could see what a year does (these were LDI ryes though), and while you could see a difference, I was stunned by how much I liked the 3 yr.

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Still spendy for 2 yr stuff, but if it's priced around the LDI rye I'll give it a go.

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Drew Kulsveen posted a picture of the rye this morning on Twitter and Instagram. I responded and asked how much the retail price will be, and he said $35. All things considered, I think that's a fair price, and it was nice of him to respond with that info.

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