It’s just a little too unbalanced to give a solid recommendation, but it’s not a complete whiff on Willett’s part. I’m sure this style will have its fans just the way it is. This feels like a liqueur crying out to be used in a cocktail rather than sipped neat, and for $150, it may price itself out of that market.
Browsing: Rye Whiskey
The juxtaposition of sweetness contrasted with the rye spice and the alcohol heat makes this an outstanding sip.
Lots of citrus sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Candied pears, peaches, and lemon greet the mouth, and give way to a rounded simple-syrup sweetness on the middle of the tongue.
A flawed offering from Masterson’s, this Rye leans far too heavily on the ultra-sweet and citrus flavors to the detriment of all else.
At under $40, this is actually an outstanding rye whiskey. In fact, at any price, it’s an exceptional spirit, and it shows that great care must be taken by the Willett family when selecting and purchasing their barrels.