Bourbon has been a part of American culture since the late 18th century, when poor farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania began distilling their excess grain crops. These distillers gradually migrated to Kentucky, which is now the spiritual home of Bourbon. Read More »
A slightly different addition to the Woodford Reserve Master's 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.
Woodford Reserve Four Wood is the seventh release as part of the brand's Master's Collection. Aged in American oak and finished in a combination of barrels made from maple wood, sherry wood and Port wood, this is a rich, nutty and spicy bourbon.
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.
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'.
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).
A great idea from the folks at Wasmund's - a 2 litre new charred oak cask, two 70cl bottles of their single malt spirit and the challenge of maturing your own 'whisky'. It'll pick up flavour quickly in a barrel this small so it's perfect for experimentation.