Previously the Willet Distillery (like many other “distilleries”) only ever bottled whisky produced at MGP in Indiana. Yet in 2016, Willett began to bottle and market their own spirit, returning the distillery (which had first been founded in 1936) to full production. Produced in small batches, each bottle is something of a rarity. This is a comparatively low rye mashbill from Willett, with a mix of 51% rye, 34% corn and 15% malted barley. The whiskey has been aged for 3 years in virgin American white oak casks. On the nose Willett 3 Year Old opens up with wonderful aromas of rye spice: sharp cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and slight chili. These give way to a menthol-led herbaceous quality, shortly flowed by a wave of citrus rind and orchard fruit aromas. The palate is hot with the same rye spices of the nose, a touch of mint, followed by a more intense, corn-led caramel and toffee flavour. These notes are accompanied by a bright oak and milk chocolate flavour which leads nicely into the finish. The finish is long with plenty of rye spice, a little oak and more of that milk chocolate, drying slightly with time. For the age, this whiskey is simply superb! Willett 3 Year Old benefits considerably from being bottled without chill filtration or colouration, and at a hefty strength of 55% ABV.