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Willett 80 Year Anniversary Bourbon Whiskey

$399.99

TASTING NOTES
Nose – You can barely get the glass to your nose before you think of Christmas. Its rich complexity of ginger, spice, candied citrus, and oak makes you want to snap a piece of a gingerbread house.

Palate – Fruits, chocolate, and never ending spice rapped in vanilla. The flavors are nicely balanced. Give this one a little time in the glass to open up and show its true depth. You’ll be glad you did.
Tasting notes courtesy of: Bill Thomas, Jack Rose Dining Saloon

THE WILLETT TRADITION
In the spring of 1936, at the age of 27, Thompson Willett founded Willett Distillery. The distillery was erected near the family farm, which had been purchased by Lambert Willett, Thompson’s dad. Upon completion, in the spring of 1937, Willett Distillery produced its first batch of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. That first batch amounted to 300 bushels (~30 barrels) on March 17, 1937, St. Patrick’s Day. The newly barreled Bourbon was stored in one of the family’s rickhouses, each capable of storing between 4,000 and 5,000 Whiskey barrels. The rickhouses were built on some of the highest ground in the county, assuring that a fresh breeze would aid in the maturation of the Whiskey.

To this day, descendants of Thompson Willett are still carrying on the family tradition of making fine Kentucky Bourbon and Kentucky Rye Whiskey at the same spot that Thompson and his family operated over 80 years ago.

In the latter portion of 2011, the family opened a visitor center and tasting room. It is quite common for the visitor center to carry very rare releases of Single Barrel and Small Batch Willett Family Estate Bottled Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys. Daily tours are also offered. We would like to extend a warm welcome.
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