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
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. 

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! 

Nose is big and deep, toffee and pencil shavings. some dill and chicken soup.
Palate is strangely not as rich as the nose implied. The alcholic strength is there, but without the needed flavor to back it up. It's not bad in any way, just a bit "empty," relatively.
Some sweetness kicks into the finish, and then later the toffee appears, lasting mildly at long length with some moderate chewy oak.
Water gives it a little more to say. B/B+
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