Review: Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

Willet Pot still 1.jpg
Virgin Charred Oak
Distiller N/A (Produced By Willett)

This whiskey was the flagship Willett brand before the distillery started to distill in 2012, and, thus, it was based on sourced product. Now, it may be their own product - but they could well be still sourcing the whisky so I left the Distiller as “N/A”.

The bottle for this product is extremely unique - it is in the shape of a pot still, and it certainly stands out. The picture above is of a mini bottle, which are also in the pot still shape!

Review (2019)

  • Batch: 16G09

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2018

The nose is very fruity and unusual for a bourbon – plums, red mulberries, white gooseberry, dried pineapple – but we also have oak and a bit of dry, sweet oak and maple. There are some nice floral touches and a bit of vegetal rye – a hit with me, always. The palate continues with the fruit notes but it has a really nice touch of earthiness and fruity rye, and some caramel – but it’s a lighter sugar caramel rather than a really rich one. Quite herbal - the finish has apple, sweet corn, light herbal notes, and a rich woodiness. Quite a nice bourbon!

Highly Recommended (49% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High at around the $40 USD mark, at least against the Canadian market. Much higher than that, it falls more into the average value category.