Woodford Reserve Honey Barrel Bourbon Debuts
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Woodford Reserve Looks to Local Bee Farmer For Its Take on Honey Finished Bourbon

Woodford Reserve Honey

Woodford Reserve Honey Barrel Finish is the latest release from the popular Kentucky whiskey brand. (Photo: Woodford Reserve)

Kentucky distillery Woodford Reserve on Thursday announced the release of a new limited-edition bottle as part of its annual Distillery Series – Honey Barrel Finish.

The new whiskey is Woodford Reserve Bourbon finished in barrels that formerly stored honey. Woodford Reserve sent some of its freshly-dumped bourbon barrels to a honey bee farmer in Woodford County, Kentucky, who then aged his honey in the barrels. The barrels were returned to Woodford Reserve, after an undisclosed period of time, where they were refilled with bourbon.

“One of the best parts of my job is being able to experiment with new ways of making Woodford Reserve,” Master Distiller Chris Morris said in a news release. “It’s been rewarding to work with a honey producer here in Woodford County to create this unique Distillery Series expression and support local business and agriculture.”

Woodford Reserve Honey Barrel Finish is bottled at 90.4 proof and available in 375-milliliter bottles, which retail for $59.99 at the Woodford Reserve Distillery’s gift shop and at select Kentucky retailers.

In June, Woodford Reserve released Toasted Oak Oat Grain Bourbon, another member of its Distillery Series.

Woodford Reserve Honey Barrel Finish Tasting Notes, Via the Brand

Color: Raw Honey

Nose: Floral notes of honeysuckle and lemon peel combine with spicy clove, toasted coconut and honey graham cracker character

Taste: Rich raw honey, bold baking spices softened by toasted oak and coconut maltiness

Finish: Long and Toasty

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