Kentucky Vintage Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • PRODUCER:

    Willet Distillery

  • REGION:

    United States

  • AGING:

    NAS

Handcrafted in very small quantities in the heart of the Bluegrass, Kentucky's famous Bourbon producing region. This Bourbon has been allowed to age long beyond that of any ordinary Bourbon, giving it taste and flavor characteristics not found among others.

Kentucky Vintage Bourbon is an authentic Kentucky straight whiskey. Bottled at a robust 90 proof, the bourbon has a golden chestnut color, along with an aroma of oranges, lemons, clovers and honey. Notes of ginger, caramel apples, roasted nuts and creamy vanilla dominate the palate, and give way to a finish accented by hints of almonds and black pepper.

With its combination of age, taste and proof making it an unparalleled value, Kentucky Vintage Bourbon is one of the best kept secrets on the whiskey market.

Double Gold Medal / San Francisco World Spirits Competition

45% ABV / 90 Proof

750 ML

"Aptly named, because when you think of Kentucky, you think Bourbon. "
Bill Thomas
$31.99
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Handcrafted in very small quantities in the heart of the Bluegrass, Kentucky's famous Bourbon producing region. This Bourbon has been allowed to age long beyond that of any ordinary Bourbon, giving it taste and flavor characteristics not found among others.

Kentucky Vintage Bourbon is an authentic Kentucky straight whiskey. Bottled at a robust 90 proof, the bourbon has a golden chestnut color, along with an aroma of oranges, lemons, clovers and honey. Notes of ginger, caramel apples, roasted nuts and creamy vanilla dominate the palate, and give way to a finish accented by hints of almonds and black pepper.

With its combination of age, taste and proof making it an unparalleled value, Kentucky Vintage Bourbon is one of the best kept secrets on the whiskey market.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: A good amount of alcohol at first, but as your nose adjusts to it, caramel takes over completely. It is quite pleasant. Subtle hints of corn and rye also develop as more air mixes with the bourbon. A decent about of oak also shines through.

Palate: A medium-bodied bourbon with a warm buttery smooth texture. The first sip has a good degree of alcohol flavor in it. It can be surprising but also a little off putting. What the palate lacks, the finish helps make up for.

Finish: Smokey and oaky. This has far more weight than many in its price range. It also packs a manageable amount of heat for a 90-proof bourbon. Unfortunately, it’s not a terribly complex bourbon. Flavors don’t mingle and intertwine as well as some bourbons. In some sips, the oak and the grain/corn flavors completely overpower everything else.

About the Producer

When in 1936 the first Willett Distillery opened here in Bardstown the Willet family had lived here for generations. John David Willett, born in 1841, was the first family member to work in the Whisky business. He was a master distiller at several distilleries in and around Bardstown where he developed many mashbills the family still uses today. Following generations held the tradition high and in 1936 the brothers Thompson and Johnny Willett founded the Willett Distilling Company. They erected a distillery on the family farm and produced their first batch of Whisky on 17 March 1937. 

The Company operated until the early 1980s and many members of the family joined it. Then times went hard for Whiskey producers and the Willet Distillery closed down.

The Norwegian husband of Martha Harriet Willet, Evan Kulsveen, purchased the property in 1984 and took great efforts to restore the distillery and the warehouses. Wife, son, daughter and son-in-law joined Evan in the company and finally on January 21, 2012 the first barrel was filled in the new Willett Distillery.

The Willett family was making spirits shortly after the Civil War. Now, descendants continue the tradition by crafting bourbon and other whiskeys in the Bourbon Capital of the World. Fifth-generation distillers Britt and Drew Kulsveen helm the Bardstown distillery that has become famous for its craft whiskeys.

Willett is a well-known name in the Whiskey business and stands for a long tradition of dealing in Kentucky Bourbon and even in producing it. Indeed - the Willett Distillery in Bardstown is a very new one and started production in 2012, after the old family owned distillery had been closed in the 1980s.

Production at Willett Distillery combines old traditions and crafts with new technologies. The picturesque distillery looks a bit as if the time stood still here at Bardstown and the old-time firepower might have been the same in the old distillery before, but the infrastructure that was erected here in the reconditioned distillery building by Even Kulsveen, husband of a Willett-daughter, enables Willis to produce at high standards.

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