Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Review
Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery
Expression: Distiller’s Select
Region: Kentucky, USA
Woodford prides itself on producing “craft bourbon.” And after a few sips of their product, it is evident they’re doing some right to give their product its refreshing and unique taste.
Handcrafted in small batches, Woodford Reserve contains 18% rye, which is rather high for most bourbons and really gives it a feisty charge.
Woodford is also the only bourbon (at least that we know of) that uses copper pot stills imported directly from Scotland and that results in adding some really terrific distinct flavors to this bourbon.
For the final step, it’s aged in charred, white-oak barrels.
As far as bourbons go Woodford Reserve near the TOP of my list.
I’ve gotta say it really toots my whistle every step of the way.
The smooth rounded-glass bottle is a work of art, down to the brilliantly-full popping sound you hear every time you uncork the bottle.
The nose smells so damn good that I’m tempted to dab a bit on my wrists as cologne.
And the balance of chocolate, butterscotch, spice, and oak is near perfection.
If you’re a Scotch fan looking to venture into new territory, let this first-rate whiskey be your gateway drug to the wonderful world of bourbon.
The only thing that keeps this from reaching the absolute upper-echelon of bourbons (William Larue Weller for example) is that this Woodford expression is a tad light in terms of its mouthfeel.
But otherwise, it’s damn near perfect and a steal of a deal for the price.
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Tasting Notes
Nose: banana bread, cocoa powder, Almond Joy bar (Coconut), butterscotch, sweet pear
Palate: chocolate, walnut, vanilla, toffee, green apple, cherry, cinnamon
Finish: Long, smooth, crisp clean finish that is ultra-satisfying.