Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Woodford Reserve is a brand of straight Bourbon whiskey from Kentucky, USA. It is a small-batch Bourbon whiskey, distilled on-site at the distillery that began operations over two centuries ago in 1812.
The official Bourbon whiskey of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve is an extremely well-rated straight Bourbon among experts and whisky enthusiasts, and the brand has also done well at whisky tasting competitions.
The Woodford Reserve Distillery was earlier known as the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery, named after Oscar Pepper, who took over the business from his father, Elijah Pepper. It was Elijah who began distilling on the land in 1812, and Oscar who built most of the modern-day distillery that stands today.
Oscar Pepper, with Dr James Crow, who is also revered by some as the ‘Father of Bourbon whiskey’, and is also credited with perfecting the ‘sour mash process’ during his work at the Oscar Pepper Distillery.
Leopold Labrot and James Graham became new owners of the distillery in 1878, a few years after Oscar Pepper passed away in 1865. Labrot and James, who have their names adorning the bottles of Woodford Reserve to this day, ran the business until 1940.
New owners Brown & Forman took over operations, eventually selling the distillery in 1972 upon which it was mothballed and distillation ceased to happen at the site. Brown & Forman bought back the distillery in 1993, and the operations were in full swing by next year.
Their product was back in the market by 1996, under the name Woodford Reserve, a brand reborn. Earning the title of the ‘official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby’ in 1999, Woodford Reserve has gone from strength to strength with their small-batch straight Bourbon whiskey.
The Woodford Reserve mash bill contains 72% Corn, 18% Rye and 10% Malted Barley. The spirit is triple distilled, and distillation is carried out using copper pot stills.
Woodford Reserve is a blend of the copper pot still whiskey produced at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky, and column still spirit from the Brown Forman Distillery at Shively, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Matured for a period of at least six years, Woodford Reserve is also at the lowest strength when filled into a barrel from among other Bourbon whiskey brands.
Woodford Reserve small-batch straight Bourbon whiskey carries an alcohol strength of 45.2% ABV (90.4 US Proof), slightly higher than the standard limit for Bourbon whiskeys.
‘Best In Class’ award at the International Spirits Challenge in 1999
Gold Medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2001
Double Gold Medal at the World Spirits Competition in 2000
Double Gold Medal at the World Spirits Competition in 2001
Double Gold Medal at the World Spirits Competition in 2005
Gold Medal at the International Spirits Challenge in 2003
Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2011
Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012
Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2014
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes
Rich, with intense aromas of dried fruit, hints of mint, vanilla and some spice
Long, smooth, creamy and warming towards the end.
Well-rounded, smooth and chewy. Citrusy, with some spice, caramel toffee, and rich chocolate.
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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is an innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon that creates a rich and colorful flavor unlike any other bourbon in the market. Starting with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which is matured in handcrafted new white oak barrels; the bourbon is then uniquely matured for a second time in another new barrel. The second barrel is deeply toasted before a light charring, creating the unique flavors of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked - a smooth, full-bodied bourbon with a long, rich finish.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye
Woodford Reserve's Kentucky Straight Rye whiskey has made it to our shores! Produced using a mash-bill of 53% rye, this rye shows off its spice up front and balances it well with notes of fresh fruit (think pear and cherry), chopped mint and a sweet touch of honey. Presented at 45.2% ABV.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
The mashbill for Woodford Reserve features a high percentage of rye: 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt. Unusual also for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering the barrel where it matures for at least six years. A must have Kentucky bourbon. Makes a wonderful Old-Fashioned cocktail!
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Style White Corn
Woodford Reserve's annual “Master's Collection” release is produced in honor of Woodford's early 1800s distillery owner Oscar Pepper and master distiller James Crow. Its 1838 Style White Corn, the tenth release in the series, replaces the typical yellow corn used for bourbon with a white corn, along with other grains.
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Finish
From the brilliant Woodford Reserve Master's Collection comes a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir finished bourbon! A previous release from the series experimented with a Sonoma-Cutrer Winery Chardonnay cask finish, and it proved rather popular indeed, so expect big, delicious things from this one...
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