Rye Whisky Review: Willett Family Estate Rye (4 Years Old)

2 min readSep 10, 2023

I was hoping for a bit more polish; maybe worth a revisit in a few years?

‘Willett Family Estate Rye 4 Year Old / 56.4%

Willett Family Estate Rye 4 Year Old / 56.4% / $65 USD

Tasted neat

This Willett Family Estate Bottled Small Batch Rye was aged for four years in White Oak barrels and hand bottled at cask strength. The mashbill is a blend of Willett’s high rye mashbill (74% rye, 11% corn, 15% malted barley) and low rye mashbill (51% rye, 34% corn, 15% malted barley).

Unlike some of their older whisky, which is sourced, or partially sourced, this is entirely distilled by Willett themselves.

  • Color: russet (1.3)
  • Nose: ethanol, spices, toluene, lemongrass, apple, and corn
  • Taste: really sweet, milk chocolate, fresh-sawn pine boards, butyric acid, lemon
  • Finish: short; grainy

Too hot, and too strange for me. I quite like rye as a category, but this new entrant, priced to parity with much-longer established brands and distilleries, doesn’t offer me a superior experience.

Rating: 3/10




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