Willett Pot Still Reserve

Willett Pot Still Reserve
Whisky Willett Pot Still Reserve
Country United States
Type Bourbon
Cask American Oak
Abv 47%
Rating 80/100
Reviews of Willett Pot Still Reserve
says on January 25, 2021
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 77/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

General description

Not much on the nose, orange blossom and almonds. Viscous with cherry and orange notes, vanilla, honey and baking spices on the palate. Finish is medium length, starts bitter and end sweet.

says on October 29, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Tawny

General description

The nose on this is maybe unlike anything I've had at this stage: a mosaic of bing cherry, spicy cloves, brown leaves, sugary syrup, prickly ribbon candy. The sugars -- mostly chocolate covered cherries -- are just off the charts. It's borderline Cognac, or a tart, sour cherry liqueur. The cherry is really the dominant factor in the sniff, it rides that 94-proof deeper than the COVID test goes.

Taste is more of that sour cherry. The prickly nature manifests like ribbon candy, black licorice, cloves, and potpourri. Also some lemongrass, mint, and herbal character. Some prickly oak dries out the syrupy stuff. Molasses/toffee at the swallow.

The finish is borderline cherry liqueur. I am not sure what kind of barrels this is aged on, but it adds a deep, woody character to match the cherry; mahogany lingers.
With the overwhelming amount of barrel tannins, I'm guessing sherried? It's got a sweet, puckery finale, with more of that cherry liqueur. This is a dessert digestif if I've ever had one, an apt pairing with a chocolate lava cake or something that could match it's overwhelming richness.

says on September 28, 2020
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 88/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Burnished

General description

I am in the love-it group for the Willett Pot Still Reserve. Tastes like Christmas with a smooth/pine taste. Easy enough to be a daily sipper.

Nose

A moderate intensity on the nose, new oak barrel. Light to medium smoke. Smell of black pepper, cinnamon, leather and mint. Notes of caramel and honey. Campfire on the peat.

Palate

Sweet to salty on the flavor profile with a medium to full body. Sharp texture with a medium to long finish.

says on July 11, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Gin clear

General description

Good burbon I'd get it again

Nose

Sweet strong honey.

Palate

sweet light honey

Finish

vanilla finish nice and warm

says on March 9, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 70/100
Color: Burnished

General description

Mild rye, smooth, enjoyable neat.

says on January 8, 2020
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 60/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

new to bourbon. uneducated palate but this is not my favorite. harsh with too much burn for the proof it is. I prefer more sweet. definitely the prettiest bottle.

says on September 28, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

This bourbon is a little controversial. You either love it or not. I'm in the love it group. The bottle I have is a little short on finish and a little thin but what I tasted at the distillery this month blew me away. Completely different.

says on August 25, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 78/100
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

overrated. meh overall

says on August 9, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

smooth

says on June 14, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 71/100
Color: Tawny

General description

Cool bottle but overrated drink, very 1 dimensional and uncomplex.

says on May 24, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

Thanks to a friend who shared a pour I now know what I have been missing. It has a different flavor profile than I am used to but in a good way. Lots of peppery cinnamon notes. There were enough caramel and vanilla notes to add to the overall taste, but not enough to be overpowering. The bottle itself was interesting enough for me to be suspicious if the contents could measure up. I was pleasantly surprised. It would have been a better experience if Barbara Eden was somehow released from inside and helped me to sample the pour, but alas...no. Too bad this continues to be unavailable in NC.

says on April 18, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Deep gold

General description

Floral notes straight up and many flavors including citrus, Caramel and it ends with subtle peppery note

says on April 17, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 80/100
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

My favorite for Manhattan's.

says on April 10, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Tawny

General description

This is a really good whiskey with nice aroma and flavor with a nice smooth finish. Having said that, there are whiskeys I like a lot more for about $10-15 less.

says on April 1, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 79/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

a little harsh but great flavor

says on March 29, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

a good whiskey

says on March 5, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 79/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

Definitely taste the oak. Agree, not super complex, but good taste and pretty smooth. my best bourbon so far

says on February 9, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 76/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

Very smooth, not very complex but with pleasant notes of caramel and toffee.

says on January 14, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Tawny

General description

I loved it. great balance. I get oak, maple, vanilla, citrus and peanuts on the taste. One of my favorite bourbons.

says on January 4, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 95/100
Color: Burnished

General description

I always get the caramel and citrus on the palate. Easily only one of my favorite Bourbons.

says on December 30, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Color: Tawny

General description

A spicy, flavorful bourbon in a beautiful bottle.

says on December 17, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 86/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Tawny

General description

Willet Pot Still Reserve bourbon, bottled by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers is a good, middle of the road bourbon.  I found it to be less sweet than what my taste buds generally prefer, but refreshing none the less (although it doesn’t have any wow-factor to set it apart from the pack).  Like many have said before me: "If I could only give points for the bottle ..."

VITAL STATS:
Small Batch Bourbon
Batch No. 18C02
Age: nas (no age statement on bottle)
ABV: 47% (94 Proof)
Distillery: Various and unpublished (Bottled by KBD/Willett)
ABV: 47% (94 Proof)
Mash Bill: Unknown (sourced bourbon)

NOTE:
Recent releases of Willett Pot Still Reserve bourbon are small batch expressions (although years ago it began as a single barrel expression) and for now, the bourbon is sourced from other Kentucky distilleries.  It would be logical to assume Willett’s own bourbon will eventually make its way into their namesake.

Nose

The nose on this bottle (Batch No. 18C02) of Willet Pot Still Reserve was bright, with fragrances of lemon citrus and orange blossom honey backed by notes of dried cedar.

Palate

My palate was greeted with warmth and the citrus detected on the nose blends into fresh sliced Granny Smith apples with a hint of cashew nuttiness.  There is no bourbon sweetness here.  The dram continues with a subtle spicines, as one might find in a dash of white pepper as it finishes with a quick tingling burn in the throat.

LOOK, BALANCE, BODY & FEEL:
Long, stringy legs in the Glenncairn. Good balance of light citrusy flavors, full and light pepperiness but no oily or coating mouth feel.

Finish

The light citrus sensed in the aroma and on the tongue along with a light pepper spiciness carries through to the end.  The finish of is quite dry and medium in length.

says on December 1, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 77/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

Buttery and sweet with a long finish

says on November 6, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 70/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Amber

General description

vanilla on the nose, caramel and oak on the palate. some heat and spice at the end. brilliant bottle design. Good whisky with high price tag.

Nose

sweet vanilla

Palate

caramel, toffee, spice, oak

Finish

spicy oaky

says on November 4, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 82/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

Sweet, buttery, oak, cherry

says on July 7, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Nose is sweet, like buttered rye bread. Hints of tobacco, citrus, cinnamon. Neat gave light sweet corn, oak, and pepper. Bit of water brought out floral and caramel hints; complex, refreshing and refined. Strong finish with slight bitterness giving way to nutty after-taste. Amazing bourbon.

says on May 6, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Mahogany, Henna notes

General description

Sweet, citrus, oak, leather notes. Nice pot still bottle!

says on April 1, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

I want to try this next to 1792.
perfumey aroma, orange

says on March 31, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 97/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

My top pick favorite bourbon as of this review. Smells like a bourbon should and the wood starts in the nose and carries to the finish. Salted caramel and warm vanilla, did ish is medium with a little tannin bitterness.

says on March 26, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

A little hot. Good sipper.

says on February 16, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

I had this at distillery, warm flavor, finish was amazing a little sweet.

says on February 15, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

smooth.

says on February 10, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

slightly spicy, not too sweet. hints of vanilla.

says on February 5, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

great bottle. little hot. good flavor

says on February 5, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 88/100
Color: Mahogany, Henna notes

General description

sweet, orange notes, a bit harsh

says on January 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

open bottle might make it a little smoother than it is. good aftertaste of bread. not too sweet

says on January 5, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 71/100
Color: Tawny

General description

Taste gets better each sip

says on July 7, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

Complex favors smooth for a bourbon. Robust with slight vanilla notes

says on April 14, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Tawny

General description

sehr guter duft, fruchtig - ein für meinen geschmack sehr guter bourbon.

says on September 5, 2016
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Tawny

General description

Nose: buttered rye bread. Palate: caramel and rye spices. Finish: medium to long with more spice and oak.

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Flavour profile

  • Toffee
  • Spice
  • Orange
  • Hot
  • Great
  • Chocolate
  • Bourbon
  • Wine
  • Vanilla
  • Sweet
  • Surprising
  • Smoky
  • Rye
  • Prune
  • Paint
  • Long finish
  • Honey
  • Heavy
  • Grape
  • Fresh
  • Faint
  • Dusty
  • Custard
  • Cherry
  • Candy
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