Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Very Fine Rare Bourbon
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Raided Score: 93
Excerpt: The taste has oak tannins balanced by baked apples, a hint of orange peel, honey, and subtle spices. The finish is long with lingering subtle touches of spices and raisin bread with orange marmalade. Excellent!
Excerpt: While a few bourbon enthusiasts who laser-focus on technicals will take issue with the non-specific reference to the 17 year old barrels included in the blend (myself included), most won’t give it a second thought. Instead, they’ll get a limited edition bourbon that looks, tastes, and feels a bit special...the way limited releases should. Thankfully, the flavor profile doesn’t disappoint.
Excerpt: Caramel corn, malty milk chocolate and vanilla, and notes of crushed walnuts all inform the lengthy, sultry finish. The conclusion lingers for just about forever. My sample bottle, however, is bone dry.
Excerpt: Easily the best Woodford that’s crossed my desk. Knowing they have the stocks to produce releases like this, I’ll expect to see more in the future, and applaud a release that strengthens my interesting in staying up on future bottlings.
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Blending barrels as old as 17 years, this eclectic release from Woodford Reserve is an extremely new kind of release for the distillery. The brand has been strongly against age statements at all, let alone one this old. Bottled at 45.2 proof - like the rest of Woodford’s non batch proof releases.
Bold oak, toffee, honey and some orange peel. Pungent cocoa, honey, tobacco and a bit of old musty, dusty notes.
Pretty hefty mouthfeel for the proof. By no means syrupy, and it doesn’t land as a 67% WLW does, but there’s quite a bit going on here. Plum, peach, brown sugar and brown butter blend into a sweet, welcoming dram with a powerful oak structure to keep things interesting.
Long finish, filled with brown sugar, fig, tobacco and peach cobbler.
Easily the best Woodford that’s crossed my desk. Knowing they have the stocks to produce releases like this, I’ll expect to see more in the future, and applaud a release that strengthens my interesting in staying up on future bottlings.
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