Tasting Notes: Willett Family Estate Single Barrel Bourbon New Orleans Bourbon Festival Pick

Earlier this month I reviewed Wines Unlimited’s Willett barrel picks, and low and behold there is now as seven year Wines Unlimited Bourbon pick and a six year old New Orleans Bourbon Festival Bourbon pick. At $250 a bottle, I decided just to get one, NOBF pick. There have been quite a few postings on the Louisiana bourbon Facebook groups, so I thought I would give it a quick review since many people in Louisiana will be on the hunt for this bottle. This six year old is 122.8 proof.

Color is a deep medium amber with a hint of mahogany. On the swirl, rather than legs the film has a sheen that coats the copita. On the nose, vanilla, dark fruits, and oak tannin compliment this old school bourbon nose. On the palate, candied herbal rye comes to the fore, along with candied cherries, rich vanilla, cinnamon, light clove, and aromatic pipe tobacco. Really lovely. The long and lingering finish has notes of candied cherries and cloves mingling with oak; the finish is similar to the nine year old but more fruity.

A really delicious bottling of Willett Family Estate Single Barrel Bourbon picked by the NOBF.

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