Wednesday, July 27, 2011
So its been a pretty exciting day for us here at the shop. The man behind several of my personal favorite bourbon brands stopped by to pay us a visit, Mr. Drew Kulsveen of Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. Drew was nice enough recently to allow us to buy our own barrel of Willett Family Estate Bottled bourbon, their extremely limited barrel strength unfiltered line. Everything they bottle seems to turn to gold, brands like Michter's, Jefferson's, Noah's Mill, Rowan's Creek and Black Maple Hill, to name a few. Drew tells me they are able to maintain such high standards through ultra careful barrel selection and longer aging. He also shared with me conformation that the distillery renovation has been completed and that they will begin producing bourbon again on site for the first time in almost 30 years. Drew continues a family tradition of involvement in the bourbon industry that goes back several generation. His fresh and innovative ideas carry a resolve to create the absolute best bourbon possible. I can't tell you how much people like him mean to the bourbon industry, as well as whiskey geeks like you and me. We at the shop salute you good sir, keep up all the great work!
In case you haven't already heard, we are the proud owners of an exclusive Willett Family Estate bottling. So happy that the guys at Kentucky Bourbon Distillers were nice enough to spare a barrel for us, they literally only release a few each year. The bourbon we hand selected was aged 7 years and 2 months, and was bottled unfiltered and at barrel strength 64.8% (129.6 proof). This bourbon is straight up mind blowing. I can't think of anything else I've tried that's as dynamic and flavorful. The barrel produced 168 bottles, so this definitely won't last forever. You want this!