I was able to acquire a couple of bottles of the first batch Willett 2-year old ryes and was itching to sample. As such, I held an impromptu Rye tasting at the house this weekend while friends were over to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Not to let the Willett slide without comparison, we brought out a couple of heavy hitters to see how the youngster would hold up.
The nose on the Willett was definitely that of a younger whiskey but the taste was a flavor explosion of mint, spice, and everything nice! Very tasty for such a young whiskey and the high proof really showcased the craftsmanship Willett Distillery. Surprisingly, it held up very nicely to the Thomas Handy but the Sazerac was the easy winner of the night by everyone’s account. For me, I seemed to continue to go back to the Willett throughout the course of the evening. This was definitely one of the best tasting young whiskey’s I’ve every tasted and a great first release from Willett. We’re definitely looking forward to great things from Drew and the team at Willett.