Willett has become famous in the whiskey enthusiast world for producing exactly what many bourbon fans crave: Excellent quality whiskeys, unfiltered, and bottled at barrel proof.
Located in Bardstown, Kentucky and produced by the Willett Distillery, the brand was first introduced in 2008. The company is identified on the product label as the Willett Distilling Company, which is the original name of the company. For the period between 1894 and 2012, the company’s name was changed to Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd. (KBD). However, in 2012, the company announced that it would return to using the Willett name.
Although the company has had the word distillery or distillers in its name, it didn’t actually operate as a distillery between the early 1980s and 2012. This means that - since multi-year aging is required- their expressions will continue to use whiskey distilled elsewhere for some time to come.
Bottled in a decorative decanter that received a "double gold" award for packaging design at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Willett is celebrated for its caramelized sugar nose and citrus, pepper, caramel, and oak on the palette.
With the Pot Still Reserve rated 90 out of 100 by Malt Advocate Magazine (2008) and as one of its top ten new whiskies in its Whisky Awards of the same year; the Willett Family Reserve 25 Year Old receiving a score of 95 and the 23 Year Old an “outstanding” 94, the brand has also gained acclaim from the whiskey master himself, earning the title of ‘World Whiskey of the Year’ for its 17 Year Old Barrel Proof in Jim Murray’s 2011 Whisky Bible.