Willett Family Estate 4 Year Rye Whiskey
- Name: Willett Family Estate 4 Year Small Batch Rye Whiskey
- Type: Rye Whiskey
- Age: 4 Years
- Region: Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV): Varies by release, generally around 55-58%
Tasting Notes and Technical Description:
Visual Appearance: When poured into a glass, the whiskey radiates a rich, amber color with golden hues, a clear sign of its quality aging process. The legs are medium to thick, indicating a hearty body and suggesting a substantial, full-flavored experience.
Nose (Aroma): On the nose, Willett Family Estate 4 Year Rye offers a compelling blend of classic rye spiciness and more nuanced notes. Immediate scents of baking spices—predominantly cinnamon and clove—emerge, followed by a rich undercurrent of caramel and vanilla. Undertones of dried fruits and a faint touch of mint add layers of complexity.
Palate (Taste): On the palate, this rye whiskey does not disappoint. It bursts forth with an unmistakable rye spiciness, enhanced by a peppery warmth that's both invigorating and balanced. The mid-palate unfolds with flavors of caramel and dark chocolate, accented by hints of dark fruits like black cherries. These sweeter notes perfectly offset the initial spice, creating a harmonious interplay of flavors.
Finish: The finish is lengthy, maintaining the spiciness that rye enthusiasts seek, while also showcasing a sweeter, almost bourbon-like finish. Expect a lingering warmth, with subtle notes of toasted oak and vanilla that taper off gradually, leaving a satisfying, complex aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is rich and robust, aided by the higher ABV, yet remarkably smooth due to its well-rounded aging process. It coats the palate with a velvety texture that enhances its complex flavor profile.
Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:
The Willett Family Estate 4 Year Rye is a standout offering at Third Base Market & Spirits, especially for those seeking a high-quality American rye with character. Its complexity and age make it a versatile choice for both sipping and high-end cocktails, particularly those that benefit from a spicier kick like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
Pairing Suggestions: The robust and spicy nature of this rye makes it an excellent pairing candidate for foods that can stand up to its character. Consider enjoying it with smoked meats, strong cheeses, or even spicier dishes to complement its bold flavors.
Availability: Due to its specific age statement and small-batch nature, availability can be somewhat limited. If you're keen on experiencing this rye, we recommend not hesitating when you find it in stock at Third Base Market & Spirits.
In summary, Willett Family Estate 4 Year Small Batch Rye Whiskey offers an engaging and rewarding tasting journey. From the initial nose to the lasting finish, it provides a complex interplay of spice and sweetness that reflects both its rye heritage and its meticulous maturation process. Whether you're a rye aficionado or someone looking to explore this style of American whiskey, this bottle promises a memorable experience.
Complex. Angry. Rich.
I have purchased several bottles of this Willett Rye from various stores. The proof range (so far) has been 107.6 to 110.8. This bottle was 108.2 proof and it drinks just beautifully! Fast shipping and professional packaging, as always!
This is my new favorite rye, and the price is much better than from other places
Long awaited quality Willett Product. Well done.
Absolutely one of the best tasting rye