Distilled by Woodford Reserve and bottled at barrel proof, this release clocks in at 59.9% ABV and continues the use of Woodford's newest bottle design for limited edition releases in the Master's Collection. It's worth noting here that the barrel proof designation is an assumption - the bottle is labeled 'Batch Proof' which is an interesting moniker of a term, but with a unique ABV that's quite high for the brand, it's likely barrel proof. These can be found with some rolling availability in the United States, and should retail around $110.
Rich and fragrant, loaded with maple, tobacco, rich tannin, and a creamy sweetness. Caramel candies, butterscotch, pralines and a touch of ethanol.
Rich and viscous on the palate. Big maple notes, tons of tobacco, root beer candies and creamy vanilla bean. It's all dessert, all day, and with a strong oaky backbone, it's perfectly balanced.
Long, spicy finish. A bit of ethanol here, the proof rears its head most, but still not with a fire. Rich, complex, maple candy and root beer and cola dominate with a touch of tobacco.
Fantastic batch proof, perhaps the best tasted in a while. Hats off to Woodford for this one. It's often hard to justify the prices on these, but in this case, it's warranted. The complexity here is well beyond Woodford's standard expressions, to paint a delightfully maple and cola forward barrel proof expression.