Willett 12 Bourbon (Gift Shop Barrel 837) Review

This is a 12 year bourbon that was released at the Willett gift shop about a year ago. It is bottled at 62.9% ABV.

Nose: Cigar ashes, caramel, birthday cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting.

Palate: Hot with the sweet grain pulling through with an earthy profile. Oak is pretty strong for 12 years.

Finish: Still pretty hot with astringent oak and tobacco.

Rating: 82/100 – A bit too hot for its own good and not very complex.

Value for the money: Gift shop Willett’s tend to be quite price (typically $10-$15 per year), so this one probably retailed around $125+ which is way too much. I’d peg this at about a $50 bourbon.

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