Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond

Old Bardstown BiB

Paid: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Willet / KBD

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Youthful, with brown sugar, caramel, and astringent notes.

Feel: Medium and slick

Taste: Tobacco, cinnamon, chocolate. Chili powder, oak, and slightly metallic

Finish: Warm, and dry, tobacco, cinnamon, and cloves, medium length.

Thoughts: Good flavors that need a bit more age, but Willet’s distillate shows promise.

Score: 77 out of 100

Old Bardstown

Old Bardstown

Price: $20 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Willet / KBD

Region: Kentucky

45% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Young corn, vanilla, honey, slight astringency

Mouthfeel: Thin, lighter

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, corn, mash, pepper, and oak

Finish: Slight warmth and shorter, with bits of pepper and oak. Slight caramel.

Thoughts: The lowered proof from the BiB version doesn’t help here as it’s not old and robust enough to find it’s legs.

Score: 72 out of 100

Willet Family Estate 3-Year Rye

Willet FE 3 Rye

Previously KBD sourced their Family Estate Ryes, and the bottles had wax tops. Their own distillate is now coming of age and bottled with the regular foil seals. The Small Batch is a blend of 2 rye mashbills (A 74% rye and 51% rye each with 15% malted barley and the rest being corn).

Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Willet / KBD

Region: Kentucky

55.6% ABV

Aged For: 3 Years

Mashbill: A blend of 74% rye, 15% malted barley, 11% corn & 51% rye, 34% corn, and 15% malted barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon, vanilla, sweet brown sugar, baking spice, pepper, and sharp rye

Taste: Cinnamon, caramel, mint, eucalyptus, spicy and herbal. Wet on the palate.

Finish: Warm and a good linger with nutmeg, pipe tobacco, vanilla, and mocha notes.

Thoughts: This rye has really grown on my from the first time I tried it. It really punches above its age and I look forward to trying the 4 year when I can.

Score: 86 out of 100