I recently attended a Very Olde St. Nick whiskey tasting event put on by the SoCal Whiskey Club and to kick things off we started with this, the Willett 4 year. Why you might ask? Well because the Kulsveen’s, who bottle the Willett line, also bottle the Very Olde St. Nick and Rare Perfection lines. Though unlike the Willett Family Estate stuff, the VOSN and RP stuff are Japanese export only releases.
Not only are they export only, but they also seem to come from different stocks. We know this one is from the 95/5 MGP rye and it tastes completely different than any of the VOSN or RP stuff we ended up tasting that night. The rye spice and dill here are so forward and overly apparent when compared to the VOSNs it’s very obvious that it came from different distilleries. Though unlike this, where the VOSN ryes come from is still a mystery.
Willett Single Barrel Rye – 4 yrs old Review
Age: 4 years
Distiller: LDI / MGP
Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers / Willett Distillery
Mashbill: 95% Rye 5% Barley
Rye spice kicks the party off with a strong note of dill accompanying it. Cherry heavy dark fruit, toffee, cinnamon, leather, burnt cinnamon and strawberry Starbursts are all running around making a ruckus in this bold and expressive nose.
Rye and dill start it up again here as well with notes of brown sugar, cherry heavy dark fruit and some mild woody notes. A slightly vegetal underpinning and a bit of mint make for a diverse and complex flavor that is as expressive as the nose.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Nice balance, a full body and while it does run a bit hot, it has a nice silken feel to it.
Long dill heavy finish with notes of rye, cherry, raw grains, wood and some sugary strawberry notes.
I really enjoy this big bold rye. Lavish notes of rye spice and dill that get tempered and complimented by an array of sweet and savory notes that start in the nose and drift through the finish in a balanced and almost elegant manner. KBD puts out some great stuff and this is no exception.