Woodford Reserve 2021 Batch Proof 128.3 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (700ml)
Volume: 700ml ABV: 64.15% Age: No Age Statement Country: America
Formerly known as the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery and before that the Labrot & Graham Distillery. The Woodford Reserve Distillery sits eight miles from Versailles in Kentucky in the United States of America. The distillery was originally founded in 1812 and has had its operations halted a number of times through its long history. Registered on the National Register of Historic Places, and is designated as a National Historic Landmark for its well-preserved distillery architecture and its role in the development of the bourbon industry. Today the distillery produces mainly bourbon and rye with the addition of some wheat whiskey. There are also many limited releases each year using specially distilled spirit.
At Woodford it’s all about the wood used in maturation and where the wood has been sourced. Northern oak, Appalachian oak and Ozark oak, which have very different growing styles and conditions are adopted by the Woodford Distillery. This gives Woodford its unique flavour and recognisable aromas. This Woodford Reserve Batch Proof bottling has been created to celebrate blending barrels into a batch and then bottling them at it’s actual proof. This 2021 release has been bottled at 128.3 proof, that’s a whopping 64.15% alc/vol.
Did you know? Brown Forman’s heat-cycled warehouses artificially age the distillate at a faster rate and therefore the barrels come of age much quicker. So while a bourbon from them could be 4 years old, it may taste much older.
Our Tasting Notes
Nose: Initially there’s dark chocolate and silky smooth caramel with hints of black forest cake. There’s a fresh oily aroma like baked apple scrolls. The oak is well balanced and integrates through the nose nicely. It’s big, bold and flavoursome.
Palate: Stewed cherries, black forest gateau, deep dark fudge with dark chocolate cookies. Rich in oak and hints of char, cinnamon and freshly cracked pepper.
Finish: It’s not long as there’s a dryness to this finish, probably the alcohol strength that contributes to this. Terrys’ Chocolate orange, cinnamon and dried oak, hints of cigar tobacco and barrel char.
Verdict: It’s REALLY good. I’d say close to the flavours and aromas of Weller 12 cask strength.
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