Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Appearance, Taste & Value Review

Introduction

Woodford Reserve is a small-batch bourbon whiskey produced by the Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. The distillery was founded in 1812 and is one of the oldest and most respected bourbon producers in the United States. The whiskey is aged for a minimum of seven years in new American oak barrels, and it has a rich, deep flavor with notes of vanilla, caramel, and honey.

Appearance

Woodford Reserve’s bourbon is a deep amber color with good clarity and viscosity. It has a distinctive oily residue that clings to the glass.

Nose

When nosing Woodford Reserve, you’ll first notice its rich, intense aromas of oak and leather. These are followed by sweeter notes of vanilla and honey, as well as a touch of floral freshness. The complexity and balance of the nose make Woodford Reserve an enjoyable sipping whiskey neat or on the rocks.

Palate

When it comes to Woodford Reserve Bourbon, the initial taste is that of sweet vanilla. This is quickly followed by the development of flavors on the tongue including oak and spice. The finish is smooth and slightly sweet, with a hint of smokiness. Overall, the flavor profile of this whiskey is well-balanced and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel

When it comes to bourbon, the mouthfeel is just as important as the flavor. And Woodford Reserve does not disappoint. The whiskey has a rich, creamy texture that coats your tongue and leaves a warming sensation in your mouth. It’s also surprisingly smooth for a bourbon, with very little burn. This is due in part to the high rye content in the mash bill, which gives the whiskey a slightly sweeter flavor and lighter body. Overall, Woodford Reserve is an extremely well-balanced bourbon that’s perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks.

Balance

Balance is crucial in any whiskey, and Woodford Reserve does not disappoint. All of the elements work together perfectly, creating a harmonious and delicious spirit that is perfect for sipping neat or mixing into cocktails. The flavor is rich and sweet with notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak, while the aroma is full of warming spices. The texture is smooth and creamy, making it very easy to drink, and the finish is long and satisfying with a slight hint of bitterness.

Complexity

There are many different layers of flavour and aroma present in Woodford Reserve Bourbon. These include notes of vanilla, oak, caramel, and spice. The flavours and aromas evolve over time, becoming more complex and nuanced. The whiskey is also noted for its smoothness and balance.

Age and Maturation

Woodford Reserve is a small-batch bourbon that is aged in new, charred oak barrels for a minimum of seven years. The barrels are then stored in our temperature and humidity-controlled warehouses, where they age until we bottle the bourbon at its peak of maturity.

We use a variety of different types of casks to mature our bourbon, including American white oak, French Limousin oak, and Canadian maple. The length of time the bourbon is aged in each type of cask depends on the desired flavor profile. For example, our Double Oaked Bourbon is aged in two different types of new oak barrels – one for seven years, and the other for an additional year – to create a rich and flavorful bourbon with notes of vanilla, honey, and caramel.

In addition to aging our bourbon in new oak barrels, we also finish it in a variety of used or “second-hand” barrels. This process adds even more depth and complexity to the flavor of our bourbon. We use a variety of different second-hand barrels, including port wine, sherry, and Madeira barrels. The length of time the bourbon spends in each type of barrel depends on the desired flavor profile.

The climate in Kentucky also plays an important role in the maturation process. Our warehouses are located near the Kentucky River, which helps to moderate the temperature inside the warehouses throughout the year. The changing seasons also have an impact on the flavor of our bourbon as it ages

Value for Money

Woodford Reserve is a high-quality, small-batch bourbon that is widely available and relatively affordable. It offers good value for its price, especially when compared to other premium bourbons.

Woodford Reserve is made in small batches using traditional methods, which contributes to its high quality. The whiskey is also aged for at least seven years in oak barrels, which gives it a rich flavor. Woodford Reserve is widely available in liquor stores and online, making it a good option for those looking for a premium bourbon at a reasonable price.

Conclusion

Woodford Reserve Bourbon is a high-quality whiskey that offers a great tasting experience. The major strength of this bourbon is its smooth taste, which makes it very easy to drink. The only real weakness of the whiskey is its price, which is relatively high compared to other bourbons on the market.

Woodford Reserve bourbon is worth purchasing if you are looking for a smooth, high-quality whiskey. It would appeal most to bourbon connoisseurs and those willing to pay extra for a great tasting experience. This whiskey is best suited for special occasions or as a gift, rather than an everyday drink since its price tag is higher than most other bourbons.

Overall, we believe that Woodford Reserve Bourbon is worth purchasing, and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a smooth, great-tasting bourbon. This whiskey would be especially well-suited for special occasions or everyday drinking.

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Bestseller No. 1
Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey, 70cl
  • Crafted in small batches, this artisanal process allows us to craft this delectable whiskey full of flavour - giving it it's distinct taste and crisp, clean finish. The perfectly balanced taste of our Kentucky Straight Bourbon comprises of more than 200 detectable flavour notes.
  • This award winnning whiskey is served at the heart of the Old Fasioned cocktail in 9 out of 10 of the top best cocktail bars in the world (Diffords Guide).
  • Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned: Add 50ml Woodford Reserve, 10ml sugar syrup & 2 dashes of bitters to the mixing glass. Add ice & stir ingredients for 30 – 40 secs. Strain into rocks glass of ice. Garnish with an orange peel.
  • Our flavour wheel is a Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes to name but a few.
  • UK Medals: 2020 Bartenders brand awards - Silver Medal Taste. 2018 Bartenders brand awards - Supreme Champion
Bestseller No. 2
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Whiskey, 70cl
  • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is an innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon that creates a rich and colorful flavor unlike any other bourbon in the market.
  • Our award winning distillers select, rebarrelled in deeply toasted, lightly charred casks. A smooth, ful bodied bourbon with a long rich finish.
  • The Toronto: 50 ml Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, 10ml fernet branca , 5ml gomme or sugar syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, Orange zest.
  • A full-bodied flavour wheel with a mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices to name but a few.
  • 2017 The Spirits Business - Gold The American Whiskey Masters. 2018 American Whiskey Masters - Master Medal (Highest Accolade)
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Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey, 70cl
  • A small batch pre-prohibition style rye whiskey which has been crafted to perfection with dominant notes of spice and tobacco among a sea of fruit, floral, and sweet aromatics.
  • Made in the traditional style of Kentucky Ryes, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey delivers bold flavours of pepper and tobacco with a long fruit and sweetly spiced finish.
  • Woodford Reserve Rye Manatthan: Add 2 parts Woodfor Rye, 1 part sweet vermouth & 2 dashes Angostura bitter to the mixing glass. Fill mixing glass with ice. Stir ingredients for 30 – 40 secs. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a bourbon-infused cherry
  • Our flavour wheel: Clove, rye, mint, molasses, sorghum + honey are mingled together with hints of apple and malt.
  • Awards: 2016 BEST IN CLASS GOLD MEDAL Whiskies of the World Awards. 2020 GOLD MEDAL - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 1ST PLACE - International Whisky Competition
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  • ABOUT - Bulleit Bourbon is a Kentucky bourbon whiskey whose high-rye content and iconic frontier inspired bottle is a favourite among bartenders and mixologists across the world
  • TASTING NOTES - A delicate, silky entry leads to a full body of honeyed grain, vanilla bean, and pralines
  • HOW TO ENJOY - The distinctively spicy, dry & clean taste makes an exceptional cocktail such as a Julep or Old Fashioned
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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky Miniature 5cl
  • Woodford Reserve isn’t manufactured, it’s crafted in small batches. This artisanal process allows us to craft using all five sources of bourbon flavour giving it its distinct taste and crisp, clean finish. Each sip of this Distiller’s Select craft bourbon contains over 200 congeners, natural colour, aroma and flavour components. Enjoy the full experience.