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!
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.