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    Ranking of 5 main bottles of Woodford Reserve Whiskey

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    Woodford Reserve is a special brand of whiskey. Why? For starters, the stuff is just plain old taste compared to the average bottle of American Booze. This is no surprise to those familiar with their production process. Like Irish whiskey, Woodford Reserve Pot Still has triple distilled and mixed with column distilled whiskey. For the most part, the standard burbon is of a type still distilled twice – pot, column, or otherwise (with a million exceptions, of course).

    In addition, even entry points from Woodford Reserve spend six to seven years maturing in heavily chartered American oak inside a temperature-controlled warehouse before bourbon blending, proofing and bottling. For comparison, the average inexpensive burbon spends two to four years per barrel. Jim Beam bottles his multi-acclaimed single barrel baker in seven years. With Woodford, you’re getting extra-distilled and well-aged burbans with entry-level expressions.

    All this to say: We are fans. So we decided to sample the entire line and present our ideas. Woodford Reserve is quite unique in the sense that they don’t just make bourbon and rye, they have used American malt and wheat whiskey (not beeted bourbon) with their double-oaked expressions. They also have a deep bench of limited editions, but we’ll reach that point in time.

    Let’s rank some whiskey!

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    5. Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey

    Brown appearance

    ABV: 45.2%

    Average price: $ 40

    Whiskey:

    This whiskey was a long time to come. Master distiller Chris Morris corrected it nine years ago with this recipe. The juice has a fairly low-rye mash bill – one for the rye, ie. The bill calls for only 53 percent pickled grains. The rest is made from local corn and malted barley. The whiskey costs up to seven years when they are mixed at the Versailles, Kentucky facility, with the first being evidence of soft limestone watering and bottling.

    Tasting notes:

    Grass comes with a hint of cedar bark with a nice note of sharp pepper next to rye, modak pear and marzipan. The palate really delivers on the pears with a sweet sweetness, while the rye peppermint ebuts and flows without overpowering the subtler notes of malt, cloves and even fresh mint.

    The end is short and dipped in the sweetness of the fruit with a sharp rye spice.

    Ground level:

    See, something has to happen on this occasion. It is actually designed as a solid cocktail base for your rye cocktail. Sazerac anyone?

    Overall this Mild Can’t wow rye and rye-heads that are used to 99 or 100 percent rye whiskey these days. That being said, it is delicious – it proves how good this line is.

    4. Woodford Reserve Wheat Whiskey

    Brown appearance

    ABV: 45.2%

    Average price: $ 39

    Whiskey:

    It is a fascinating play of whiskey. The mash bill sees wheat at 52 percent, above the 51 percent required to officially be “wheat whiskey”. The rest of the mash bill includes 20 percent malted barley, 20 percent corn and eight percent rye. It is an interesting four-grain mixture given a high proportion of malted barley. The whiskey then undergoes a triple distillation and a Woodford process of years of maturing.

    Tasting notes:

    You are welcomed with a mixture of vanilla next to pears in cinnamon and butter with notes of dried rose and cedar. The palate holds onto those notes while adding to the plethora of steat fruit with a hint of chocolate mint and a far-off note of toasted coconut (more then water is added). The end chews and the pear becomes more of a pear stem or core as the taste dries well.

    Ground level:

    This is just an interesting sip of whiskey. It is also quite bold and will stand up to heavy cocktails like a boulevardier.

    3. Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey

    Brown appearance

    ABV: 45.2%

    Average price: $ 39

    Whiskey:

    This expression is similar to how Scotland meets Kentucky in a bottle. The mash bill uses 51 percent malted barley. So, it is not a single malt whiskey (they are 100 percent malted barley mash bills). The bill is then fed a large dose of corn (47 percent), and rye (two percent). The hot juice is then treated as an American bourbon or rye and aged in new American oak (usually single baked in old bourbon or sherry barrels).

    Tasting notes:

    A lot is happening here. The nasal rummy grows from a subtly savory fruity feeling like soft cedar and squash to jaggery, dry fruits and nut toffee. The palate is dipped in velvety dark chocolate and toffee with a hint of Christmas spices while the sweet fruit withers and the cedar becomes somewhat tasty. There is an echo of coconut in the background as the faded return to the savory fruit that lasts the longest with bitter chocolate and sweet and nut toffee.

    Ground level:

    It is tempting. It is different in all true ways. This makes for a fine sipper with some rocks or in a highball. It is really rad as a cocktail base and can stand up to a large flavor profile in citrus.

    2. Woodford Reserve Bourbon

    Brown appearance

    ABV: 45.2%

    Average price: $ 39

    Whiskey:

    This is where everything comes together that makes Woodford unique. The mash on this bourbon is heavily mid-range rye with 18 percent of the grain in the bill to support the bill. Triple distilling is used in blending with pot stills and column distilled whiskey. And yes, this Bourbon lasts for six to seven years – it takes time to mature before pulling the barrel for blends, proofing and bottling.

    Tasting notes:

    There is a classic note of bourbon vanilla on top, but it does not overwhelm the distantly wise notes of dark chocolate oranges, dried fruits, spicy tobacco and fresh mint. The richness of a lovely toffee, as a mixture of spicy and chewy tobacco makes a well-chubby with dark chocolate dust, more orange oil and a stick of cinnamon. The end is pure velvet, hinges for just the right amount of time, and brings the entire sip along.

    Ground level:

    It is not surprising that the mint comes very high in the notes at Woodford Reserve. They are sponsors of the Kentucky Derby after all and the mint julep is the official cocktail of that event. While it is an excellent julep base, it also works perfectly as a sipper on rocks or clean.

    1. Woodford Reserve Double Oak Bourbon

    Brown appearance

    ABV: 43.2%

    Average price: $ 57

    Whiskey:

    This expression lifts the standard bourbon up and gives it a finishing touch. Burbans have been mixed and moved to new barrels that are double toasted but only mildly appealing. The juice spends one final nine months resting in those barrels before proofing and bottling.

    Tasting notes:

    Marjipan, blackberry, toffee and fresh honey are welcome in front of the real sense of pitchy, dry firewood. The taste on those notes diminishes as the sweet marzipan becomes more choco-hazelnut, the berries dry more and the apple-y, toffee almost burns, and the wood softens to a cedar bark. A richly spiced and chewed tobacco comes late as the vanilla gets super cream and the fruit and honey spread at a slower rate.

    Ground level:

    It is a good sipper, mixer and all-powerhouse whiskey. It makes Manhattan a killer. It works on rocks or is clean. In short… It just works.

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