As our readers will likely recall from the Willett Family Estate single barrel bourbon review, that particular product is distinct in that it is only released as a single barrel offering; whereas the Willett Family Estate rye is offered as a small batch or as a single barrel selection. At the time of this post, Willett is not entertaining barrel selections, but this particular bottle today is a selection that was done by the Bourbon Pursuit Podcast and their community. Willett doesn’t mention much about the rye on their website, aside from from tasting notes on the small batch. You can view a fairly interesting timeline of the family and distillery, however, and learn about the release dates of their products. Find that information on the Willett website. I really enjoy providing a quote from the distiller when writing these reviews, but in this case, there’s very little to share:
The barrels that went into this small batch combined to make an amazing drinker.
Speaking a bit more on the small batch version of this rye, you can find how it scored in our Ten Willett Whiskeys – Reviewed post. While there is a very distinct maraschino note that I get in Willett products, it can manifest in different ways. Let’s see what’s going on in this rye, and just how good a selection it is.