Distillation began on site of what is now the Woodford Reserve distillery in Versailles in 1812, which makes it the oldest operating distillery in Kentucky, although this operation has not been continuous: the distillery was closed for around thirty years from the 1960s to the mid-1990s. Read More »
Labrot & Graham's Woodford Reserve is a superbly smooth, flavoursome bourbon, rich and full-bodied with a sophisticated range of flavours. Excellent as a digestif after a rich meal. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whiskey - USA
The fourth in Woodford Reserve's Masters Collection, Seasoned Oak Finish has been finished in barrels that have been seasoned (ie left outside) for three to five years (rather than the usual three to five months). This process of seasoning changes the wood by reducing tannins and ultimately creates a new range of flavour compounds, and the resulting whisky is proclaimed by Woodford to be their 'most robust whiskey yet'.
A slightly different addition to the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection - a pair of rye whiskies, one aged in a new American cask (like almost all other American whiskies) and the other in a refill cask that once held bourbon. The former shows off the casks flavours and the latter those of the spirit - an interesting examination of maturation process.
The 2010 edition of Woodford Reserve's highly-sought-after Masters Collection limited batch is the fruit of an experiment with Maple Wood finishing. We're looking forward to this and congratulations to Woodford for continuing to push the envelope.
Another experiment in the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection, this 1838 Sweet Mash expression is made with entirely fresh ingredients - eschewing the addition of 'Sour' mash from the previous fermentation (as is standard practice across the industry).