Oct 25, 2015

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon...

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon (45.2%): Somehow I didn't review Woodford Reserve before here on tire-bouchon even though I drink it quite often. Let's make it right... It is one of the best price/value ratio bourbons on the market with a price tag of $25 and it is widely distributed all around the world. The distillery is owned by Brown-Forman who also owns Jack Daniels and the bourbon distilled there is treated as the boutique brand of their portfolio. It is triple distilled in Scottish style pot stills from a mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley at the lowest proof allowed by law and aged six years minimum in oak barrels. Let's do it..! Color: Clear amber, clover honey. Nose: Buckwheat honey, leather upholstery and milk chocolate. Dried sour cherries, sticky toffee pudding and toasted hardwood. Jordan almonds. Palate: Creamy mouthfeel with vanilla, nutmeg and cortado. Corn flakes topped with granulated brown sugar, Christmas cake and carrot cake frosting. Ground ginger, coriander candy and molasses. Finish: Ginger bitterness, cloves and cinnamon. Medium long. Overall: I don't know if it is the triple distilling or the pot stills but Woodford Reserve is very recognizable with its smooth, creamy and delicate qualities. Cannot help comparing it to Irish grain whiskies just to figure out what new barrels might add on to a similar kind of whiskey. It pairs great with a pint of an American ale at your favorite watering hole... Tested and approved at many many nights. Very much recommended in its price category.