February 14, 2013
About six months ago, we were approached by the folks from the Willett Distillery, who were in possession of a very curious find – six twenty-one year old (!) ‘mystery’ barrels of bourbon.
After some research, it’s thought that these are old Heaven Hill stock, presumably from a lower floor in a rickhouse that burned down in 1996. These single-barrel, barrel-proof bourbons are among the finest we’ve (ever) tasted, so we of course bought two of the six barrels for ourselves. A precious, rare find indeed…
After a month or so of quietly enjoying these two bottlings ourselves, it’s time to share this bounty with the larger public. Barrel one, ‘Longman’, is 109 proof and is limited to 106 bottles; barrel two, ‘Eagle’, came in at 100.5 proof and is even more limited at 62 bottles total – both fairly low for barrel-proof whiskey and both absolutely, totally delicious.