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Willett Pot Still vs Willett Rye 4 Year: Discover the Better!

Discover the differences between Willett Pot Still vs Willett Rye 4 Year in this head to head comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!

Willett Pot Still Reserve

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NoseFrench toast, caramel, oak
PalateBrown sugar, fruit, oak, spice
FinishOak, leather, spice
Alcohol content94 proof (47% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toBuffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve

Willett is a sourced bourbon, meaning that is not made directly by Willett Distillery.

They don’t disclose where it is made but rumor has it is distilled at Heaven Hills, along the Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Henry McKenna, Pikesville Rye, among others (just a rumor!)

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:

  • Mash is comprised of 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.

Willett Family Estate Bottled Rye 4 Year

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NoseCherry pie, cinnamon, menthol, ethanol
PalateCherry, vanilla, caramel, menthol, pepper
FinishFruity notes, rye spice, old leather
Alcohol content110 proof (50% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toBulleit Rye, Woodford Reserve Rye

The nose shows some warmth that gives way to a nice cherry pie hint, along, cinnamon and menthol.

On the palate, Willett Rye feels moderately warm at first, but not as much as you would expect from a spirit bottled at 110 proof.

It has a pleasant and creamy mouthfeel, with hints of cherry, vanilla, caramel and menthol with just a drizzle of black pepper.

The finish has a good length, with fruity notes that fade into rye spice and old leater with very little warmth to it.

Willett Rye is solid, tastes and feels much older than four years, with the right level of sweetness, moderate in rye spice and surprisingly smooth for a thing bottled at high proof.

This is a good rye whiskey, and a better choice than the Whistlepigs that seem a bit overpriced to me.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Willett Rye 4 Year:

  • Aged for 4 Years before bottling.
  • Bottled at a cask strength
  • This is a blend of two whiskeys, one using a mash bill comprised of 74% rye, 11% corn, 15% malted barley and the other 51% rye, 34% corn, 15% malted barley.
  • Willett 4 Year is the first whiskey crafted at Willett Distillery, located in Bardstown, Kentucky, since the 1980s.

Willett Pot Still vs Willett Rye 4 Year: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskeyPrice
Willett Pot Still Reserve$55
Willett Family Estate Bottled Rye 4 Year$70

Willett Pot Still vs Willett Rye 4 Year: Which is better?

The 4 Year Rye is vastly superior to the Pot Still

  • The 4 Year is one of the best rye whiskeys. Surprisingly smooth high proof rye, with moderate spiciness and perfect sweetness delivering one of the best ryes I have tried in a long time.
  • It drinks nicely neat or rocks with no need of adding water to bring additional sweetness. This whiskey is quite good straight from the bottle.
  • The price might seem a tad high for a young rye but once you drink it you’ll feel the Willett is a steal for the price.

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