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Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond

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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: For now, this is a passing curiosity of a notable Kentucky distillery transitioning back into distilling their own bourbon. It’s just unfortunate that Willett’s story is more interesting than their bourbon right now.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The finish is surprisingly long for a bargain bourbon with notes of cherry candies and Werther’s Original. While it’s on the sweet side, the balance and complexity make it one of the better young bourbons I’ve encountered.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: A lot of Willett fans are going to be either kidding themselves or highly disappointed in the first bourbon released by Willett from their new distillery. This tastes under-aged with a strange combination of ethanol and rubber on the center of the palate.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Think of walking in a prairie meadow at a state fair, the wind curving slight hints of grain, and then an explosion of cotton candy, marshmallow, and florals.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Maple like no tomorrow and a complex, long gentle finish.
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  • Nose:

    Molasses turned up to 11. Overload. Delicious overload. Leather and clove, maple and some dusty, mildly vegetal notes. Little bit of wet paper. Lots of sweet and good balance of clove, maple and maple. Mmmm

  • Taste:

    Maple. Fruity banana, some apple. clove and leather, dusty oaky molasses.

  • Finish:

    Long and deceptively complex. This is surprising me in all sorts of ways. Maple and not at all hot.

  • Overall:

    It's good, and above average. Maple like no tomorrow and a complex, long gentle finish. I enjoy it a whole lot despite knowing basically nothing about it. I rate it squarely a cut above the median, garnering a respectable 6! In fact, I'd probably take this over W12 any day.

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