Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.” The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment. We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and provide comment and feedback.
On certain occasions, we find local deals that are too good to pass up. This month, we present such a deal, albeit one that many of our Club members were able to sample at our January Maker’s Mark tasting.
This bottle originally MSRP’ed for more than $60, a price that we might all agree is too high. At our now current local price of less than $35, we think it is a winner that should be added to your collection.
Today, we revisit that review with a newly acquired Store Pick offering — a single barrel, 11-year Elijah Craig bourbon. We thought it would be helpful to see how that bottle, along with a newly acquired Non Age Stated (NAS) bottle, stacks up.
It is no secret that the whiskey in this Willett Family Estate (WFE) Bourbon bottle is not actually made by Willett (or Kentucky Bourbon Distillers – KBD – if you want to get technical). Willett’s operating distillery is about 5 years old and counting (having shut down distilling operations from the early 1980’s until 2012), and a 5 year old distillery obviously can’t produce 12 year old whiskey.
But, Willett hasn’t ever hidden from this fact, and has in recent years turned out some of the objectively best Non-Distillery Produced (NDP) bourbon around. It has done so while holding tight its secret as to who makes the whiskey in these bottles – although we would be remiss if we didn’t share that most suspect across-the-street neighbor Heaven Hill is the source for much of Willett’s products.