Thursday, November 17, 2016

1838 Style White Corn Bourbon

1838 Style White Corn is the 10th release (fall 2015) in the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection series. These limited offerings haven't been known to blow our socks off, but as a Woodford Reserve fan, I'm always interested in tasting them. This particular release uses white corn instead of the typical yellow corn, allowing for a sharper whiskey with a slightly lighter body. 

-No Age Statement
-90.4 proof

-Price: $99
Nose: Delicate with a distinct kettle corn note. It’s sweetened with vanilla syrup, cocoa powder, and apples. There is a slight saltiness to it along with a hint of cinnamon spice.

Kettle corn and malt-grain sweetness.  Salt water taffy has a major influence on the palate, followed by a subtle white pepper and smoke flavor.

Medium in length with lingering grain sweetness.

Cats out of the bag that I’ve always been a Woodford Reserve fan. All of their whiskey shares a uniquely identifiable and enjoyable profile, so spending $100 on an annual Master’s Collection bottle isn’t going to ruffle my feathers. However, if you are trying to find the next best bang for your buck bourbon, you may want to pass on 1838 Style White Corn. It delivers with the unique Woodford profile, but its more one dimensional and lighter than Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select.  I don’t recommend investing in a bottle, rather find it at a bar or get your hands on a sample; it’s absolutely worth trying. 

My Rating:  B (Good)

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