Lets dig into Noah’s Mill, one of the bottlings from the Willett Distillery
Willett distillery has several different lines of bourbon that they produce, with Noah’s Mill being one of them that is not labeled as “Willett”. It is big, spicy and pretty complex, and really started to grow on me the more I tasted it.
If you can find a bottle at a good price I’d snag it.
There are a lot of unique flavors all happening at once with Noah’s Mill which I think makes it a solid option for somebody who’s tried at least a few different bourbons already. It’s spice and complexity makes it something you probably wouldn’t want as your first taste of whiskey, but fun to drink after you’ve decided you actually like tasting unique flavors in different whiskies.
At one point this bourbon had a 15 year age statement meaning that the youngest whiskey in the bottle was at least that old, but that has since been dropped. That DOES NOT mean that it is no longer good though.
Noah’s Mill is now a blend of bourbons from undisclosed distilleries and mash bills (aka ingredients), that reportedly has casks ranging from 4-15 years old. The final whiskey is blended by the distillery, but not actually produced there, which is a fairly common practice and in this case yields some real tasty stuff.
Some people get all bent out of shape about drinking whiskies that are young or don’t have an age statement, but if they can blend it to taste like this I don’t really care how old it is.
What does Noah’s Mill actually taste like?
Well, if you sip it neat it tastes like ahhhhh… fire.
It is bottled at over 57% Alcohol which is pretty far above the point that I tend to enjoy. Obviously some people like drinking really high proof whiskies, but for the most part I like them best somewhere around 43% – 47%.
With a few good drops of water is where I really enjoy the Noah’s Mill.
It smells like toasted pecans, really dark chocolate, peanuts, vanilla, and oatmeal with maple syrup. The taste is similar but with cinnamon, a bit of rye spiciness, some bitter green notes and tons more nuttiness. It finishes with more of the maple oatmeal flavor and leaves a nice spiciness on the roof of your mouth.
It also changes flavor as it sits out in the glass.
It becomes smoother and less spicy with more cinnamon, sweet corn and vanilla coming in to the picture. Overall, a really unique and delicious flavor.
Should you buy it
Yes, if you’re a bourbon drinker.
It typically sells between $45 – $60 in the States, and I think the uniqueness and quality are well worth that.
I already said it but I wouldn’t buy this as your first ever bottle or bourbon. Yeah it’s good, but it doesn’t have the same easy drinking mellow flavor that people often expect with bourbons.
And if you do get yourself a bottle and are not really excited about it on the first try, wait and come back to it. I enjoyed it more and more each time I had it and as I move past the halfway point of my bottle, I am certainly going to be pouring it more often.
I also really think it benefits from sitting out for a good 5-10 minutes in the glass. Many scotch drinkers do this to sort of “let it settle down” a bit. Sounds kind of dumb at first but it does change the way you taste it.