Willett Pot Still Reserve

A good bourbon in a unique bottle, Willett Pot Still Reserve is a bourbon I have had around for a while, but I have just never seemed to get around to writing a review for it.  As I noticed my pot still decantor shaped bottle was starting to get to the low side I figure that now is as good of a time as any to review this nice find.

Bottled at 94 proof after 8-10 years of aging and hand bottled in their unique, award winning, package; this bourbon is produced by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD) more commonly know as Willett.  Each bottle is labeled with a batch number and although not a rare release by any means, it can be hard to find if you don’t have a retailer with a large selection around.  Enough with the into though, lets get to the whiskey!

Willett Pot Still Reserve

Tasting notes for Willett Pot Still Reserve

On the nose you get a lot of sweetness with some spice, some caramel notes along with rye spice.  I do not find any fruity or citrus notes in here, just pure molasses/honey sweetness as the backbone.

Upon tasting the first thing that I get is a toffee sweetness with a nutty finish, almost a peanut or walnut flavor at the ending of it, with an aftertaste of grain that isn’t all that overpowering.  It is extremely smooth throughout, even before the addition of a few drops of water.  There is also the vanilla and oak flavors that one would expect from a good bourbon but neither stand out too much, they really blend well with the other flavors to make an extremely balanced and drinkable whiskey.

Overall I find Willett Pot Still Reserve to be a very good but not blow you away special bourbon.  I don’t mean to use that as an insult though, this is everything that bourbon should be, just doesn’t do anything crazy for me.

Batch Number
Batch number labeled near the cap

Thoughts?