Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon Review

Review by Mark Pringle |
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76 General Review of Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon

I had never reviewed or tasted Willett Pot Still Reserve previously. For years they always sourced their bourbon and, from my understanding, sourced from various locations. So, reviewing it would mean very little if the source of the bourbon changed from release to release. However, now with Willett distilling and bottling Post Still Reserve, I felt compelled to try it.

Willett Pot Still Reserve

Rating: 76


Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 78

I was surprised by the aroma when I opened my small sample bottle of Willett Pot Still Reserve. It has a pleasant sweet smell that is almost fruity at the start. Basic vanilla and mild caramel notes a noticeable too. The nose has a corn sweetness that you would expect with many traditional bourbons. Layered well below these other notes is a very mild rye spice. If you let the glass sit for a while after nosing it and then nose it again, you will notice cinnamon spice. This is a better nosing experience than I anticipated.

Palate Review - Rating: 78

The palate is a reflection of the nose, corn sweetness. However, now oak is very evident. The taste is much sweeter than I anticipated. The experience gets thinner the longer you drink it. It seems to drink lower than its 94 proof at times and then rebounds on the finish. Still, the nose's corn sweetness, vanilla, and mild caramel are there throughout the tasting experience.

Finish Review - Rating: 75

The finish is of moderate length for a 94 proofer but carries the notes from the nose and the body, mainly the oak.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 75

I am rating this as only an average uniqueness since Willett Pot Still Reserve reminds me of a few other bourbons.

Value Review - Rating: 73

Average value, although I'm sure the bottle adds a little to the price.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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