Willett Wheated 8 Year Bourbon Review

Willett Wheated 8 Year Bourbon has a pleasant flavor profile, offering honey, sweet cherry, cinnamon, citrus, pepper and a bit of heat. It's an enjoyable pour. Nonetheless, it could be a bit difficult to justify its high price point. Learn more about it in our Willett Wheated 8 Year Bourbon review!
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Aged 8 Years
115 proof
Distilled, Aged & Bottled by Willett Distillery
Bardstown, KY
MSRP: $249.99

Please enjoy our Willett Wheated 8 Year Bourbon Review by Ray Marcano!

I like it. But …


There’s not a lot of information on Willett 8 Year Wheated Bourbon, except from the Willett website: “The first release of Willett Wheated Bourbon was distilled in the early Spring of 2013 and bottled in the Summer of 2022. The proprietary mash bill is barreled at 115 proof in Char# 4 American Oak. We bottle without chill-filtration to preserve the most flavor possible.”

Mash Bill

Corn, wheat and malted barley, with the proportions of each undisclosed.

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Tasting Notes – Willett 8 Year Wheated Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn glass

👉🏻Nose: Corn, light citrus, vanilla
👉🏻Taste: Slight honey, oak, candy corn
👉🏻Finish: Pepper, sweet cherry, cinnamon

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I try to go to St. Marteen once a year to visit my favorite store —- Gulmohar’s Whiskey Paradise. They’re great people and have an amazing selection of bourbon and other spirits, some of which are hard to find in the U.S. If you’re planning to go to the island, make sure you stop in (Sorry, they don’t ship to the U.S. I bring it back in my luggage). Imagine my excitement when I saw a bottle of Willet 8 Year Wheated Bourbon on the shelf, which is akin to a unicorn showing up in my backyard. I have the Willett 10, 12, 13, and 14 (all purchased from Gulmohar’s over the years) and figured the wheated should be terrific. It’s —- very good, with a pleasing honey and sweet cherry taste that surprised me with its heat. But at this price point, bourbon needs to be exceptional. along the lines of Lux Row 12 or Russell’s 13.

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Conclusion – Willett Wheated 8 Year Bourbon Review

If, like me, you collect bourbon, then you need this one. It’s far less expensive than anything in the Willett Family Reserve catalog because, unless you’re lucky, you’re paying secondary (unless you go to Gulmahor’s, which had excellent prices). If you’re giving a gift to someone you want to impress, then this makes an excellent bottle. However, there are lots of other wheated bourbons available for less than half the cost.

Have you tried the Willett Wheated 8-year bourbon? What do you think?

We hope you have enjoyed our Willett Wheated 8 Year Bourbon Review by Ray Marcano! Ray publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Bourbon Resource. You can subscribe here. Would you like to read about more of Willett’s whiskeys? Then check out our Noah’s Mill Bourbon Review, Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review and our Willett Four Year Old Rye Review!

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