Kentuckyís smallest distillery, Woodforde Reserve is also the least typical, with pot stills more akin to Scotland than Kentucky. It also distils three times. Even though there is only one standard expression of their whiskey, Woodford Reserve cannot make enough spirit to satisfy demand, so the output from this tiny distillery is mixed with 9 year old Foresterís bourbon created at another of owner Brown Formanís Kentucky distilleries. Woodford Reserve are constantly innovating to push the boundaries of bourbon, by trying different casks and grains (including oats!) and tinkering with the process. They also have their annual and limited edition Master Collection series, using whiskey exclusively from the Woodford Reserve distillery.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Rich and sweet. Apricot jam. Banana. Rice pudding. Menthol. Burnt toffee.
Palate: A surprising spiciness, given the nose. Mint. Chilli. Raisins. Vanilla. The finish is long and lightly-spiced.
Retails for around £30-35