I wouldn’t pay a huge premium for this but I was happy to pick this up and enjoyed it quite a bit.Luke CastleClick to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.
Dads Drinking Bourbon Willett Family Estate Bourbon
- DISTILLER: Willett Distillery
- MASH BILL: High Corn, High Entry Proof Bourbon
- AGE: 7 years
- YEAR: 2020
- PROOF: 127 Proof (63.5% ABV)
- MSRP: $150.00
NOSE: Cinnamon | Dark Cherry | Leather
TASTE: Corn | Red Hots | Vanilla
FINISH: Long and warming. Fills the mouth and comes back for an encore.
SHARE WITH: WFE Fans and people who are interested in following Willett’s evolution as they’ve moved from sourced Bourbon and Rye to their own distillate.
WORTH THE PRICE: That’s a bit subjective. $150 isn’t cheap but Willett private barrels are very hard to find and getting access to the program is next to impossible. The secondary market values this far above the MSRP and I’m fortunate to have gotten this at cost. I wouldn’t pay a huge premium for this but I was happy to pick this up and enjoyed it quite a bit.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bottle all day for cost if $150 is in the budget.
OVERALL: I’ve been a fan of Willett for several years going back to when they were releasing sourced barrels, so it’s been interesting watching them transition into their own distillate. There have been a number of private selections over the last few years and they have been pretty hit and miss. Most of the time, the determining factor on whether it is a hit is like all private picks; the people picking. In this case John and Zeke from Dads Drinking Bourbon along with some of their Willett loving friends picked this barrel. They are experienced at the barrel picking process which so they did a great job and I will enjoy this bottle until it’s gone. I think this particular mash bill will continue to improve as it ages.
Growing up in Minnesota gives a person a great appreciation for anything that warms the body and soul. Whiskey and wine have been helping to warm Luke for many years. Jim Beam and coke morphed into whiskey waters and eventually Bourbon. Two buck chuck led to several trips to Napa Valley and a love for most varietals of wine. He is fortunate enough to have traveled most of the US through his career in financial services. A beautiful and understanding wife mostly tolerates his other hobbies including golf, hunting, and reading. 2 young kids keep them busy as well. Appreciation for the subtle differences that each decision a distiller makes keeps him coming back for more and has him excited for the future.
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