Woodford Reserve adds Toasted Bourbon to Distillery Series

The limited release from Brown-Forman-owned Woodford Reserve was aged in heavily toasted barrels as a result of a distillery mix-up.

The latest release in Woodford Reserve’s Distillery Series was created by happenstance. In 2017, double oaked barrels were accidentally delivered to the distillery and filled with new-make Bourbon. These barrels receive a heavy toast and a light char, while Woodford’s standard Bourbon barrels receive a light toast and a heavy char.

After 18 barrels were filled, the distillery team realised their mistake, but master distiller Elizabeth McCall kept the barrels to monitor, moving them to Woodford’s Warehouse C where they aged for more than six years.

“Toasted Bourbon resulted in a delicious whiskey that blends the flavour profile of both Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon and Double Oaked,” McCall said. “We’re thrilled to share this one-of-a-kind Bourbon with our fans.”

The whiskey is available at the Woodford Reserve distillery in Versailles, Kentucky, as well as at select Kentucky retailers. It is bottled at 45.2% ABV and priced at US$65 for a 375ml bottle. 

On the nose, the whiskey has notes of cinnamon graham cracker, dark cherry, cooked banana, and nutmeg, while the palate brings honey and baking spice.

In March, Woodford Reserve announced two new whiskies for global travel retail with Sonoma Triple Finish and Batch Proof.

Previous Distillery Series releases include Honey Barrel Finish and Toasted Oak Oat Grain.

Read Full Story at source (may require registration)
Author: Ted Simmons