Friday, June 16, 2017

Whiskey Review: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon



Category
Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Price
Reasonable.

Closure
Cork.

Age Statement
None.

"Nose" (undiluted)
Rich, luxuriant, sweet vanilla, charcoal and dandelion.


"Palate" (undiluted)
Lots of vanilla! More charcoal, spice and ginger accompanies a wonderful sweetness (but not too sweet) that flows towards a floral finish.  A complex arrangement of flavors that can appropriately be described as sophisticated and rich. Mid to late palate there is a distinct candycane and angostura bitters note.

"Finish" (undiluted)
Oak and spicy rye linger on the palate in a highly refined manner for a very long time.

General Impressions
Highly recommended! But, not for the whiskey novice and particularly bourbons. This whisky has a very robust flavor profile featuring big oak, charcoal that may not be to everyone's taste. The finish is very long leaving flavors of spiced oak, charcoal and candy cane. The ginger and candy cane contribute to a unique flavor profile that some may not enjoy.   Also I find that this bourbon does not benefit from the addition of water in spite of the high ABV. More, I think about it, this bourbon is for the serious American whisky fan looking for something a little different.  The ginger and candy cane notes are very unique and not found in any other bourbon I know of.

Cheers!




Jason Debly