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A Double Barreled Rye

In addition to affecting color, the type of barrel in which a whiskey is aged can account for as much as 80 percent of its taste. This is dramatically demonstrated with Woodford Reserve’s Rare Rye Selection ($99.95). This is the sixth and latest offering of their Masters Collection, in which master distiller Chris Morris periodically […]

When Two Oaks Are Better than One

Not only is Woodford Reserve the oldest distillery in Kentucky—with a history dating to 1797—it is unique in that it triple pot-distills its bourbon (most American whiskeys are double distilled) and maintains an on-site cooperage. This has enabled master distiller Chris Morris to produce bespoke barrels and, in turn, to create the Woodford Reserve Master’s […]

Woodford Reserve Releases 2011 Master’s Collection

Acclaimed craft bourbon distillery Woodford Reserve continues its tradition of turning out innovative, limited-edition spirits with its sixth Master’s Collection release. Called the Rare Rye Selection, it comprises a set of two different rye whiskeys, each distilled from the same 100 percent rye mash recipe. One version matured in new charred oak casks, acquiring deep […]

Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Maple Wood Finish Bourbon

For this, the fifth in a series of innovative limited editions by master distiller Chris Morris, triple-distilled Woodford Reserve bourbon—aged over seven years in American white-oak barrels—was “finished” in sugar-maple barrels. This extra aging added a flavor element of maple syrup, a rich, sugary sweetness enhanced by toasted cedar, lemon, and apricot. But the whiskey […]