Discover the differences between Noah’s Mill vs Willett Pot Still in this in-depth comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!
|Nose||Ethanol, dark fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, oak|
|Palate||Nuts, citrus, cinnamon, burnt caramel, dark fruit|
|Finish||Long, caramel and dark fruit|
|Alcohol content||114 proof (57% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water, rocks|
|Similar to||Blanton’s, Booker’s, Rowan’s Creek|
The nose kicks-off with a blast of ethanol. Dark fruit, cinnamon, vanilla and oak emerge as you let it breathe.
On the palate, the Noah’s Mill displays a good creamy texture. The first sip has heat to it, but is not harsh. There are hints of roasted nuts, citrus, cinnamon, burnt caramel, dark fruit and the right amount of oak.
The finish is long, with pleasant heat that warms the chest, is mostly sweet with strong burnt caramel presence, dark fruit and a tad of oak.
Adding water tunes-down the heat while releasing sweetness and a touch of roasted nuts on the finish.
Noah’s Mill is pleasantly warm, but warm, nonetheless. Rich in dark fruit that appears from nose to finish, along caramel sweetness and well balanced against oak, cinnamon and roasted nuts.
Very enjoyable, drinks nicely, and a solid choice for those like me who like spirits full of character.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Noah’s Mill:
- The mash bill is undisclosed.
- Noah’s Mill had a 15 year age statement but is now a blend of 4 to 15 year old whiskeys.
- Just 20 casks are used in the blend.
- This bourbon is bottled at the Willett’s Distillery and apparently sourced from other Kentucky distilleries.
- Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012.
- 93 points from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2012.
Willett Pot Still Reserve
|Nose||French toast, caramel, oak|
|Palate||Brown sugar, fruit, oak, spice|
|Finish||Oak, leather, spice|
|Alcohol content||94 proof (47% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace|
Willett is a sourced bourbon, meaning that is not made directly by Willett Distillery.
Willett is quite pleasant on the nose with a strong hint of French toast, topped with caramel and a side order of oak.
Taste is mostly sweet, rich in ripe fruit, although a bit thin with not much body. There are moderate hints of oak, caramel and a faint bitter note with very little warmth to it.
The finish has a decent length, hits with some spice and oak and a light apple hint.
Willett is not very complex, lacks in body a bit, it won’t blow your mind with any remarkable flavor and yet good as it makes a tasty easy drinker.
The decanter will make a nice decoration piece in your cabinet!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Willett:
- Bottled at 94 proof.
- Willett’s mash bill is undisclosed but I firmly suspect is 78% corn, 10% rye, 12% malted barley.
- This bourbon is aged from 8 to 10 years.
- Earned the Gold Medal for taste at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2008.
What do Noah’s Mill and Willett have in common?
Both brands are owned by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD) a private family-owned and operated company.
These bourbons are not produced at their own distillery but sourced from other distilleries from the state of Kentucky.
Noah’s Mill vs Willett Pot Still: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Willett Pot Still||$55|
Noah’s Mill vs Willett Pot Still: Which is better?
Noah’s Mill is a more complex and flavorful pour than Willett Pot Still
- Noah’s Mill is a creamy and rich flavorful pour. It has some warmth to it but it can easily be tamed with just a few drops of water while releasing additional sweetness.
- Willett is an easy drinker, but lacks in body and complexity making a somewhat dull dram in a very nice decanter.
- I prefer the Noah’s Mill that can easily be tuned-down over the Willett for which there is nothing you can do to make it better.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!