Willett 18 yo Barrel 12A (Paws & Claws)
Added on Saturday, Oct 8, 2011 at 07:29 PM
  Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.
  Age: 18 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 66.40 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Wheated bourbon bottled for Paws & Claws (Selection #2)  96 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 
N: Sweet candy notes
P:  Sweet and chewy, nicely balanced with oak, vanilla, chocolate, even some coffee.  Water brings out citrus notes but throws off the balance a bit.  Also, a little bit of bread yeast.
F:  Nice long woody finish.

Another strong Willett from this series, skip the water on this one. 
Tim
 

N: Very nice wood presence, a little varnish character (in a good way - this is in the "old study" style); a light white pepper hint on the nose. Cherries and faint corn, toffee and a touch of caramel. Lightly grainy, sweet and woody. 

 

P: Full mouthfeel, gentle heat. Nice sweetness - caramel and maple syrup with a really nice light hint of cinnamon against it. A little corn. The sweetness never gets away from this and the heat is there but not runaway.

 

F: Black tea leads, the caramel sweetness right behind it. A little warmth remains in the mouth with some black cherries and a nice bit of wood. A little dryness over time but there's still a lot of the corn character.

 

A nice balance of all elements. Heat without being overwhelming, rich mouthfeel, good but not cloying sweetness; contrasting notes abound. Age without being overoaked and doesn't lose all the youthful zip. Nice! 

 
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