Willett Wheated 8 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • PRODUCER:

    Willett Distillery

  • REGION:

    United States

  • AGING:

    8 Years

Distilled from a mixture of corn, wheat, and malted barley, the Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made with all-natural ingredients. It is aged in new charred American oak barrels and bottled at 108 proof without chill-filtration to preserve its flavor. 

The first release of Willett Wheated Bourbon was distilled in the early Spring of 2013 and bottled in the Summer of 2022. The proprietary mashbill is barreled at 115 proof in Char# 4 American Oak. We bottle without chill-filtration to preserve the most flavor possible.

54% ABV / 108 Proof

750 ML

"Willett is one of those sort of under the radar distilleries in Kentucky that once you know about it you become a huge fan"
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti. Founder and editor-in-chief of TheWhiskeyWash.com
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Distilled from a mixture of corn, wheat, and malted barley, the Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made with all-natural ingredients. It is aged in new charred American oak barrels and bottled at 108 proof without chill-filtration to preserve its flavor. 

It was released in the summer of 2022, after spending two years in American oak casks— first in new barrels and then once more when it was finished aging. The proprietary mix of grains includes a little wheat for sweetness and some barley for depth.

The first release of Willett Wheated Bourbon was distilled in the early Spring of 2013 and bottled in the Summer of 2022. The proprietary mashbill is barreled at 115 proof in Char# 4 American Oak. We bottle without chill-filtration to preserve the most flavor possible.

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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