Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey

  • Distiller:

    Woodford Reserve

  • Bottler:

    Woodford Reserve

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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: The fact that the mashbill could easily be turned into a heavily malted bourbon and that it was aged in a new charred oak barrel, helps make this a great introduction into American malt whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: A creative, if peculiar choice for Woodford, crafted from 51% malted barley.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This tastes different. They are innovating in this space, I think this should be on every bourbon geek's must-try list.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Very much a retooled, malt-forward take on Woodford's classic profile.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: There are hints of dried fruits, nuts, and oak as well, while the finish has subtle touches of chocolate, almonds, and a hint of barley sugar. Very nice.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Listen, I’m not saying you can’t make great malt whiskey in Kentucky, but let’s be real — there’s a reason the state is known for bourbon.
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The malt isn't particularly well integrated and the youth is hard to ignore. Stick with the others.
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  • Intro:

    Produced using a 51% malt mashbill, the combination of recipe and new charred oak in Woodford's Malt whiskey promises a unique drinking experience - especially for drinkers used to Woodford's standard offerings.

  • Nose:

    Musty and funky. A bit of brown sugar, some toffee, clove and pepper. Earthy with a hint of dirt, oak and tobacco.

  • Taste:

    Malty and musty, the malt is dominant. Wet cardboard, musty grass and leaves. Some cocoa and brown sugar.

  • Finish:

    Short finish. A bit hot. Musty and malty with a good deal of wet grass, musty cardboard and young whiskey notes.

  • Overall:

    This offering is one that perhaps tints the Woodford image a bit. The malt isn't particularly well integrated and the youth is hard to ignore. Stick with the others.

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