Willett Pot Still Reserve Single Barrel, (aka Buttered Popcorn) Bottle 145/Barrel 4799

Willett Pot Still Reserve Single Barrel, Bottle 145/Barrel 4799, 47% Abv/94 Proof, $38-45

This is a very interesting bourbon and somewhat unique. First sniff opens up tightly and takes time to evolve and deepen. It offers whiffs of vanilla, lightly toasted oak, and very faint spice notes. Some maple and burned sugar peeks through as well. All very restrained and light, this is not a “flooding” nose and requires a bit more patience to fully open up. On the sip this bourbon shines a lot more with flavors of maple and caramel, light spice, and a fairly intense blast of salted, buttered popcorn – a very nice arrangement. The finish is moderate in length with some oaky dryness, vanilla, and corn. Well done.

Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 8.5 (Excellent)

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2000

Evan Williams Single Barrel, Vintage 2000, 43.3% (Abv)/86.6 Proof, $25-$30
Bottle #367
The nose opens up with Honey, Vanilla, some sweet spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) with some toasted oak and light barrel. First sip reinforces those flavors with ample measure. Honey immediately on the front of the tongue, prickly spice (mint/cinnamon), some citrusy/acidic notes, then toasted oak and vanilla on the back of the palette. This bourbon is medium bodied in the mouth with a spicy, minty finish that lingers moderately with some leftover sweetness and oak. A fantastic bourbon with layers of flavor. Extremely lively, balanced, and well crafted.

Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 9.3 (Superb/Outstanding)