Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof Bourbon

Balanced in flavor, great in cocktails, and available at local restaurants, Woodford Reserve is a bourbon I find at the bottom of my glass more often than not. When I read the press release announcing a cask strength Woodford Reserve bourbon, I was elated- Master’s Collection after Master Collection, I wished for a batch proof release, and in April 2018, my wish was granted.

Proof: 125.8
Age: NAS
Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Price: $130

Nose: Maple syrup, Dr. Pepper, and Cow Tales (caramel candy) yield a very aromatic bourbon. Cherries, herbal spice, and cedar are scented with a cut of citrus.

Taste: Vibrant with a sweet, grainy mouthfeel. Very buttery; maple and vanilla roll into fresh fruits topped with whipped cream. The core is sharpened with a solid blast of black pepper and herbal spice.

Finish: Crisp and dry, with earthy spices and burnt cedar chips.

Conclusion: Woodford Reserve Batch Proof is a fine bourbon. It's robust, mouthwatering, and extends itself beyond the limits of its watered down twin. It took some time to open up, but it hit its peak after the first few pours. While I will enjoy this until the last drop, it falls slightly short of meeting my tall expectations- to be fair,  the hype of a batch proof Woodford Reserve has been self induced and amplified for the better part of a decade. The price may turn many people away, but this is a must purchase for all Woodford Reserve fans!

Rating: B+ (Very Good)