Willett Distillery, also known as Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD), Ltd., is a private family-owned and -operated company that produces bourbon and rye whiskey. Over the years the company has bottled whiskeys that range from 2 years of aging maturity up to 28 years.
The company is located on the outskirts of Bardstown, Kentucky, on a site that began as a farm owned by the Willett family. Primarily operating as a relatively large independent bottling company, KBD has been called "the big daddy of bourbon and rye bottling". The company has remained under family ownership and operation at the same location since it was created in 1936 as the Willett Distilling Company. The company started doing business as KBD in the mid-1980s.
Noahâ€™s Mill has proved to be an inspired release. The brandâ€™s quirky, rustic aesthetic, featuring conventional wine bottle shape and a label design that resembles an old fashioned, pencil-like drawing of a mill, stream and woodland has proved to be the ideal accompaniment to an exceptionally well made and balanced bourbon. When it was first released, Noahâ€™s Mill carried a 15-year age statement. However, with an increasing difficulty to source bourbon, the age statement was dropped and is now listed as being aged as â€˜until fully matureâ€™, although the blend of bourbons used are said to be aged between four and 20 years.
Regardless, it is still a reputable and sometimes difficult-to-find small batch bourbon that is regularly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs alike.
Nose: Heavy treacle and vanilla, dusted with plenty of cinnamon.
Palate: Ginger, black pepper, honey-drizzled sponge cake and cooked pear.
Finish: Honey-roasted nuts, sharp green apple, another kick of pepper.