Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Cherry Wood Smoked Barley
Woodford Reserve // Kentucky, USA
This bottling marks the 12th release in Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection which was first introduced in 2006. As the name suggests, malted barley is smoked with cherry wood in the kilning process for this Kentucky straight bourbon. This smoked malted barley makes up 30% of the mashbill, much higher than is traditionally used in bourbon production. Bottled at 45.2% ABV, there is no age statement. Available in select US and international markets beginning November 2017.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Words like “delicate” or “subtle” don’t often come to mind when Woodford Reserve is on the table, yet they seem appropriate here. There are lots of aromas and flavors, but in tiny doses. A nose of cola, dried cherries, vanilla syrup, wood resin, and some heat from the alcohol. The palate starts with cornmeal, fresh wood, leather, and powdered chocolate. Towards the end the barley behind the scenes reveals itself with flavors of malt and dry smoke. This finishes better than it begins, but all’s well that ends well."