The Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection has traditionally honored the pioneering and innovative production processes established at our Woodford County distillery in the 1830s by owner Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow. Today that pioneering spirit is embodied in the Woodford Reserve Distillery’s Master’s Collection series and its latest release – Cherry Wood Smoked Barley.
The 2017 Master’s Collection Cherry Wood Smoked Barley is the first Kentucky bourbon to use malted barley that has been exposed to wood smoke during its kilning process. This imparted a rich smoked almond note to the mash that carried over in the distillation process. With 30% malt content the Cherry Wood Smoked Barley mash bill has a greater amount of malt than a traditional bourbon. The result is a rich, full-bodied bourbon.
Appearance: Rich amber
Nose: A complex mingling of deep caramel, brown sugar, and dark chocolate top a layer of cherry jam and nutty crumbles dusted with wood spice.
Taste: Intense smoked almond and malt character sweetened with cherry pie filling and a touch of caramel.
Finish: Long smoked almond notes fade into a rich cherry fruit jam.