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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Willett Pot Still: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key Whiskey Bar

Willett Pot Still at Lock & Key
Willett Pot Still at Lock & Key
Finally Whisk(e)y Wednesday has come back to whiskey reviews. We hit the ground running with a bourbon tasting from the Bardstown Flight ($16) at the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. The flight contains Willett, Rowan's Creek, and Noah's Mill, which we'll cover here over the next three weeks. It is absolutely worth trying! The Willett Pot Still ($10 by itself) is a wheated Kentucky Bourbon. The nose is lightly oaked with floral notes and a hint of vanilla. Some cinnamon and caramel starts to come through with a little water. The 90 proof whiskey needs to open up just a tad to get all of the complexity. On the tongue the Willett starts off like a sugary candy and then gives way to pepper mid palate. The spicy, woody notes carry a bit of honey and melon flavors to the low burn of the finish. The burn is pleasant but not overly complex. It is dry and slow as it evaporates from the mouth and you take the last swallow. The Willett is definitely worth trying and could be worth collecting as well if for nothing more than the awesome pot still shaped bottle that it comes in. Make sure to check it out at Lock & Key!

Willett Pot Still Bourbon
Average Score: 74.5

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. Lock & Key has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys available for on premise consumption. This WW feature was scored by Jay Ducote and Blair Loup from Bite and Booze, Arthur Lauck from Lock & Key, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.