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Blackened x Willett Rye

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  • Distiller:

    Willett

  • Bottler:

    Blackened

  • ABV:

    54.8%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: On the whole, this Blackened x Willett Rye Madeira Finish is something new, different and tasty. It’s a great marriage of the talents and processes of two icons in the whiskey world ...
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Nevertheless, Blackened x Willett is an impressive sip. Immediately making an impact, this wine finished rye whiskey gets its barrel finishing right.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: On paper, whiskey lovers are (and should be) doubtful. But, in execution: this is a winner
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by Willett, finished in Madeira barrels and conditioned with Blackened's signature soundtrack technology: this is the new master's series - Blackened x Willett.

  • Nose:

    Rye spice, orange cream, pepper, anise, Dreamsicle and brown sugar. Powerful, spicy, creamy - fruity. Quite a bit going on.

  • Taste:

    Rich on the palate. Orange peel, pepper, cream, honey, toffee and cinnamon. Big oak character, the Madeira is present but not overpowering. Whew, no lack of flavor here. Forget everything from the rocky XCF releases, this is finished Willett done right.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, wine forward, followed by big pepper, oak, tobacco and maple. Sweet, creamy finish with just a quip here and there from the Madeira.

  • Overall:

    On paper, whiskey lovers are (and should be) doubtful. But, in execution: this is a winner. Holy cow. Say what you will about celebrity brands, but this rye has teeth.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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