Willett 12 Bourbon (The Party Source selection barrel #8138) Review

This is a 12 year NDP expression from Willett that was selected by The Party Source and bottled at 64.45%.

Nose: Thick vanilla with juicy fruit gum. Very sweet overall with looming ripe bananas – strikes me as Brown-Forman distillate as the profile is so similar to recent bottlings of Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon.

Palate: Vanilla pudding with banana slices drizzled in honey. Heat is intense but offset by the heavy sweet notes and lack of oak.

Finish: Burst of anise while vanilla mellows. Turns quite dry and heat intensifies gradually.

Rating: 91/100 – One of the better Willett picks I’ve had.

Value for the money: Guessing this retailed around $100-$120 and I would buy a bottle at that price. However, it’s probably $200+ on secondary now, and I would pass there.

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