The 2022 release of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection, this Batch Proof bottling is released at 59.2% ABV. A consistent favorite among fans of Woodford and beyond, let's see how this bottling compares to previous vintages. Let's dive in!
Rich and thick, layers of maple, clove, baking spices and brown sugar. Sweet, oaky and full of character.
Rich on the palate. A prickle of ethanol blends nicely with bold oak, sweet cream, fresh clover honey, a touch of root beer candies, cinnamon, vanilla bean and a notable cherry note on the back palate. Complex, full of flavor, possibly the most vibrant and full bodied Woodford Reserve in a long time.
Long finish. Driven first by oak, a fat pour of brown sugar, maple candies, clove and pepper blend nicely. Hangs long on the palate, it's complex yet easy to drink.
Overall, this is an easy pour to enjoy. That said, it's not simple or one noted. It's powerful, oaky, bold and rich. With almost 60% ABV comes a lot of character, yet it's not too hot or punishing. An oaky maple bomb with great undercurrents of baking spice, clove and a touch of root beer and cherry, this Master's Collection is masterful for sure.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.