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Willett 16-Year-Old Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Top 10 Spirits 2012

The 16-Year-Old Willett Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 142.7 proof is the standard by which all other bourbons should be judged (Photo credit: Raiza Ferrer)


This family estate-bottled, true, single barrel bourbon is one of only 115 bottles on planet Earth. So extraordinary is this example of American bourbon, that it shows no heat on the nose. Its profile is so well balanced that it leaves the nose at a loss in detecting anything resembling a flaw, leaving just the spectacular bourbon to inhale. At 142.7 proof, the alcohol is so high that the Federal Aviation Administration will not allow it on an airplane, because it is considered a hazardous material at that strength. A road trip to taste or purchase a bottle of this exquisite elixir will reward you with a gem of American ingenuity and know-how. This is the standard by which all other bourbons should be judged. We had the pleasure of tasting some of the contents of Barrel 74, Rickhouse South 4, Stored in Warehouse E, Distilled April 6, 1993, bottle 35 of 115. Find it, whatever the cost!

Price: $225

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