Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Straight 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. The Straight Malt in this series is aged in new charred oak barrels. So, to sum up, American Whiskey, made like Scotch, aged like bourbon.
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 Typenew charred oak
"Interestingly, much like that ambrosial, long gone Sweet Mash they made a few years ago, this one is all banana bread on the nose. Unlike that one, it goes much farther into the sweet spectrum on the palate, with lots of caramel, honey, vanilla, white chocolate, more of that banana and tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Hazelnuts and cashews in there too, like drinking a tropical fruity candy bar. The charred oak does add a bit of sweet smoke and spice, but could use some more grip to tame all that fruit and sugar. It's not bourbon, it's not Scotch, but it's really too sweet to fall neatly in between. Though some people might like that sort of thing."