Willett 18 yo Barrel 8551 (Dug'z & Willy'z)
Added on Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 at 08:59 PM
  Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.
  Age: 18 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1990 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 58.60 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Bottled for Doug Philips  Distilled 3/26/90   99 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 
Nose:  Lovely, rich, with huge wood, maple syrup and then some umami, soy sauce.
Palate:  Pine/Fir, just super woody making it a bit bitter.
Finish:  Bitter woodiness.

Strong nose but over oaked on the palate. 
Tim
 

N: Dry, closed off initially with an almost sour note. Reveals corn after a moment as well as wood. Even balance, lightly earthy clay-like smell, slightly moist, grainy, but tame given the strength. Light toffee and some furniture polish. 

 

P: Warming, light mouthfeel but gets creamier. Clay note re-emerges, corn and toffeee. A little molasses and maple syrup and a bit of leather. Gets pretty warm.

 

F: Warm, dry wood, a little musty with some overripe aple and plum as well as grai.

 

This is a bit over-oaked but it was still in my "good" range. Nice and complex, pretty solid if you're willing to put this on the rocks as well. 

 
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