The single barrel showdown has made it into round 2. After a lengthier than anticipated break in the action I have finally gotten back to the showdown! This match up pits the last of my Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit against a Willitt special barrel purchase. These are two heavy weights indeed with the Wild Turkey weighing in at 101 proof, and the Willett Special Barrel weighing in at a whopping 130 proof!
I’ve already described these bourbons at length, but as a reminder the Willett was sent to me by Greg from Bourbondork.com and he and several enthusiasts went to Kentucky and purchased an entire barrel of Bourbon. So this gives this bourbon a couple of advantages, first it is barrel proof at 65% Alcohol By Volume, and they were able to sample the barrel they wanted before they made their purchase, so It is sure to be great.
That said, the Wild Turkey is a great bourbon too. It wouldn’t have made it this far beating out a very strong Henry McKenna to get into round two, if it weren’t. That said, although I completely killed the bottle of the Kentucky Spirit (Due to it being a fantastic bourbon!) it was no match for the Willett Barrel purchase. The finish on the Willett is amazing. Flavor wise the Kentucky Spirit stands up nicely, as it is a very flavorful and engaging whiskey, but the finish on the Willett is masterful. Perhaps it is the high proof, or maybe it is the honey barrel nature of a special purchase, but the finish on the Willett is very rewarding, lasting well into the two minute range, with a very warming sensation. It is a force to be reckoned with.
So we have our first contender into the championship round. The Bracket now looks like this: