Willett 18 yo Barrel 8550 (Dug'z & Willy'z)
Added on Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 at 07:18 PM
  Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.
  Age: 18 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1990 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 59.20 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Bottled for Doug Philips  Distilled 3/26/90  147 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Nose:  Rich, creamy bourbon notes.  Chocolate and really good caramel.
Palate:  Sweet and syrupy up front with a good measure of wood. Cognac in the back along with chocolate and caramel notes, though much more subtle than in the nose.
Finish:  Nicely woody.

This is a nice one with none of the overwooded effects of its sister cask 8551. 
N: Light clay with marshmallow and cotton candy. Cinnamon; prickling heat. Light toffee. 

P: Toffee immediately on the palate, gains heat; cinnamon and wood. Some sweetness; creamy and full mouthfeel. Vanilla and some earthiness, and a black tea tannin kick. 

F: Black cherry initially, fading quickly with earthiness. Dry wood.
8551 was oaky and showing age; this one has less heat and oak and in my opinion lacked a little complexity by comparison. 
Rich, deep, and oaky nose. Oh man. It smells like I'm in a candy store.

The palate is sweeter with more vanilla-corn than I expected from the nose. A little paint and varnish, and a lot more corn stuff, some chocolate. Medium-length finish.

This is a really, really nice bourbon. It's all pretty "old fashioned" in a sense, though at non-old-fashioned strength. The intensity here is al ot of what it's all about, and these kinds of flavors at a lower strength wouldn't do it for me -- if that makes any sense. But this is completely delicious.
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