Willett Pot Still Reserve

1 Posted by - 11/18/2013 - A Rated, American, Bourbon, Single Barrel
This single barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has one of the most recognizable bottles in the industry. It’s designed to mimick the pot still in which much of legacy bourbon used to be distilled. Infact Willett’s old copper pot still is still on display at its facilities in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Although the product has the term pot still in its name, it has been reported that part of the distillation process for the product was performed using the more common column still distillation method — with a pot still used only for the doubler stage

Willett Pot Still Reserve

Indeed the bottle is fantastic and has won many awards. But how does it taste?

Bottle No. 13 of 114 from single barrel No. 566


  • Style: Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol: 47%
  • Volume: 175cl


  • Nose: Sweet – Think Caramel and Vanilla, Light Wood and Spice Notes
  • Palate: Caramel, Apple, Maple, Tobacco, and Butterscotch
  • Finish: Earthy, Woody – Oak
  • Marks: The marks system for the Society is left simple: A – F with +/- leveling.

Jon: A+
Justin: A
Sara: A+
Shannon: A
Trent: A
Zech: B+
Median Grade: A


During the 1970s energy crisis, the company switched from producing whiskey to producing ethanol for gasohol fuel. This strategy soon failed when fuel prices returned to lower levels, and the distilling facilities were completely shut down in the early 1980s

I want to unite old friends and share this amazing experience. Whether it be indulging on a few drams of single malt scotch or a unique bourbon I will always find it hard to resist not to diversify and expand our whisk(e)y horizons.

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