Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Classic Malt
American Single Malt
Woodford Reserve // Kentucky, USA
The Master Collection is Woodford Reserve's limited edition "experimental" series that often plays with different mashbills and/or cask finishes. In this case, they decided to take a cue from Scotland and produce a 100% malted barley. Like much Scotch, this one is aged in used bourbon barrels.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask Typeused bourbon
"There's no official age statement here, but I want to see some I.D.! This tastes YOUNG. Big heat is in the nose and on the palate, crushing what could be some lovely light, spring flavors. Some tropical fruits like its cousin the Straight Malt, but not as sweet, has more grassy herbal and wildflower notes to give it some complexity. But it's a little hard to tell if some of that aforementioned heat is spice from the bourbon barrel aging or the heat of youthfulness. Actually seems like a great liquid that needs to go back to bed for a longer nap to taste to its full potential. Come back to the bar when you're of age, son!"