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Noahs Mill Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is handmade by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers at the Willett Distillery in the hills of Kentucky.
The Willett Distillery was founded by Thompson Willett on his family’s farm three short years after the repeal of prohibition. Both Thompson and his father has worked at the Max Selliger & Co. Distillery but, in 1936, Thompson left Selliger to build his own distillery and the first batch, which was approximately 30 barrels of spirit, was produced on the 17th March 1936. The distillery remained in Willett family ownership until 1st July 1984 when Even G. Kulsveen, son-in-law to Thompson Willett, purchased the property and formed Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Ltd., which Even’s family runs today.
After a period when no whiskey was distilled from the early 1980s (during which time it was an independent bottling company), the distilling plant was renovated and now has three operating stills – a column still, a “doubler”, and a pot still which recommenced distilling in 2012. As well as Johnny Drum whiskies the distillery also produces Rowan’s Creek, Johnny Drum, Willett’s Bourbon and Rye. The whiskey is stored in one of the eight warehouses each capable of holding between 5,000 to 6,000 barrels (total capacity 48,623 barrels), approximately a quarter the size of those found at other distilleries. The warehouses were built on some of the highest ground in the county, assuring that a fresh breeze would aid in the maturation of the whiskey.
Noahs Mill Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is a Bourbon of extraordinary character and smoothness not found among younger whiskies. Its superior taste and flavour characteristics are made from using the very finest quality ingredients at the outset along with the long years and patience necessary for nature to mellow everything to perfection. It is bottled at a strength that best compliments its age at 57.15% abv.
Noahs Mill Small Batch Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is a dark mahogany colour with a rich spicy nose of dried plums, vanilla, tobacco and cedar. A big initial hit of rich chewy fruit, caramel fudge, and a hint of mint—all wrapped in a spicy oak overcoat. The heat lingers in the masculine finish but there is just enough to keep the touch of black pepper on the finish at bay.