Willett Distillery 2 Year Old Kentucky Rye Whiskey 750ml

SKU #1167953

It's been a long time in the making, but the first batch of 100% Willett-distilled rye is finally here and it's glorious. For years, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, run by the Kulsveen family, has been bottling fantastic whiskey under their numerous labels; Willett being just one of the expressions (along with Noah's Mill, Rowan's Creek, Johnny Drum, etc.). Willett Distillery was actually founded in the 1930s by former Bernheim superintendent Thompson Willett, but subsequent generations of the family would become disinterested in Bourbon until the distillery finally closed. Evan Kulsveen, who married Willett's daughter, purchased the abandoned site in 1984 with plans to reopen his father-in-law's once-great operation. Almost thirty years later, his son Drew and son-in-law Hunter have the site refurbished and back on track. This batch of two year old rye marks the first time the whiskey in a Willett rye bottle has been the product of the Willett distillery and not a purchased barrel from LDI distillery in Indiana. It's shockingly good considering the young age. Imagine the pure rye flavors of Anchor's Old Potrero with the cinnamon and baking spices of the Templeton. Bottled at 54.7% ABV, the power and intensity of the whiskey is also on display, but it's balanced beautifully by the richness. It's a giant leap forward for the Willett distillery and it's an exciting day for those of us who have been waiting for this moment for some time.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/1/2014  | Send Email
This is the most exciting young rye I've tasted in years, mainly because it's the first new KENTUCKY rye that actually tastes like rye bread, with that sweet hint of corn. I've given out samples of this to friends from St. George distillery, and other folks that I know who make whiskey for a living; they all have nothing but praise for the Kulsveen's latest project. You have to understand: most of the rye on the market is all from MGP distillery in Indiana, even if it says Bulleit, Dickel, Templeton, or Redemption. It's been purchased in bulk and simply relabeled. The Willett is actual home-made Kentucky rye, a la Rittenhouse and Sazerac, that tastes like real rye whiskey should. Add in the cask strength proof and the fiery spices and you've got one helluva product. I CANNOT WAIT for this to turn four or five years old! Bravo!

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Varietal:

Rye

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United States

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Alcohol Content (%): 54.05