Woodford Reserve Collection
WOODFORD RESERVE DISTILLERY
A fine bourbon distillery in Kentucky dating all the way back to 1812.
Woodford Reserve Distillery has had a rich history of over two centuries producing excellent quality bourbons. The Distillery is anchored by two master distillers— Chris Morris & Elizabeth McCall.
They are the brains driving the innovation and development of new products within Woodford Reserve.
Chris Morris is the current head Master Distiller with a career in bourbon dating back to 1976 when he was a trainee in Brown-Forman's central lab.
He is the mastermind behind Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Rye and Master's Collection; Chris cites that the key to making good whiskey are time and patience coupled with a sense of good craftsmanship.
Being one of the youngest female distillers in the United States, Elizabeth McCall is an extremely accomplished second generation distiller following the footsteps of her family to work in the bourbon industry.
Helming the position of Assistant Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve, she interacts one-on-one with consumers through personal barrel selections and education on sensory methodology and works to define the quality sensory standard to which every batch of Woodford Reserve must comply.
Sources of flavor
According to Woodford Reserve, there are five distinct sources of flavor that makes up their incredible range.
Woodford Reserve is crafted from a grain recipe of 72% corn, 18% Rye, and 10% malted barley. This recipe balances the sweetness of corn with the spice of rye, and the nuttiness of malt to build the base for the world's most flavorful bourbon.
The water used to craft Woodford Reserve is taken directly from the distillery. It is naturally filtered by the limestone deposits right under the distillery. Iron-free and mineral rich, this water is a crucial ingredient.
The fermentation process of Woodford Reserve's bourbons are among the longest in the industry. This extra time, paired with their unique yeast strain creates a great depth of character and a complex range of flavors.
The perfectly balanced flavor of Woodford Reserve comes from a careful batching process of whiskey distilled in pot stills and whiskey distilled in column stills. No other whiskey can boast such a flavor combination.
Woodford Reserve whiskies are matured in new, charred, white oak barrels of their own making. The barrel is a key ingredient in our process, contributing flavor, complexity, and balance. The crafting, toasting, and charring of bourbon barrels are done at their very own cooperage. After filling, barrels age in uniquely heat-cycled warehouses until mature.
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Tasting notes from woodfordreserve.com
This is an innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels – the second barrel deeply toasted before a light charring – extracts additional soft, sweet oak character.
Nose: Rich notes of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan and toasted oak.
Taste: A full-bodied mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices.
Finish: Long and creamy with lingering hints of honeyed apple.
Price at 3mk: S$138.50
Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey
Tasting notes from woodfordreserve.com
Woodford Reserve Rye uses a pre-prohibition style ratio of 53% rye in its mash bill to pay homage to history’s original rye whiskeys, making spice and tobacco the dominant note among a sea of fruit, floral, and sweet aromatics, which yields a nice sweetness and overall balance.
Nose: Spicy with distinct notes of rye, black pepper, cedar and cassia bark sweetened with a dusting of marzipan. Hints of pear, apple and almond dance in its depths.
Taste: Clove, rye, mint, molasses, sorghum and honey mingle together with hints of apple and malt.
Finish: Long and sweetly spiced
Price at 3mk: S$110.00
Woodford Reserve Master Collection Select American Oak
Tasting notes from thewhiskylist.com.au
Woodford Reserve Distillery’s Master Collection honours the pioneering work of Pepper and Crow, applying their handcrafted methods to a variety of grain recipes, fermentation styles and maturation processes to create a range of unique whiskeys.
Nose: Powerful, but not at all harsh, almost no burn. All about bass, no treble. Fat, crisp, buttery, polished pine, balsa wood.
Taste: Medium bodied with early citrus cutting through, becoming heavier through the finish.
Finish: Long and drawn out, tapering consistently. Loads of flavour coming through from middle to end.
Price at 3mk: S$220.00