Willett Family Rye 3YO Cask Strength 55.2%
Willett Family Estate Bottled Straight Rye is aged in hand selected white oak barrels for 3 years after which it is hand bottled at cask strength. Distilled, and aged at Willett, this 3 year old straight rye whiskey is a mingling of two different mash bills. They combined a high rye mash bill (74% rye, 11% corn, 15% malted barley) with a lower rye (51% rye, 34% corn, 15% malted barley). A larger percentage of the high rye mash was used for this 3 year old expression. Non-chill filtered, and bottled at cask strength, this Rye has a surprising amount of depth considering the age. On the nose there is the smell the corn creeping up alongside big beautiful wintergreen, minty rye spice notes. The spices are a bit perfumey, in a good way. On the palate, this young rye just explodes with flavour. The sweet corn notes are present, but thankfully the rye wintergreen, mint notes are able to steal the show. This is another great example of an excellent young rye. Just goes to show that Rye doesn't need lots of age to be great!