|Another superb, chocolaty experiment in Woodford's Master's Reserve Collection.
There has been distilling on the Woodford Reserve Distillery site for more than 235 years, making it the oldest Bourbon distillery in Kentucky. Now owned by Brown-Forman ? one of America's largest wine and Spirits companies ? it has been refitted and set to expand. Since the beginning, the folks at Woodford have been influential in the development and codifying of Bourbon production. In short, they helped invent the Spirit as we know and love it today.
Woodford's Master's Reserve Collection is their high-end, limited edition release. Beginning in 2013, each one is an experiment in Whiskey-making? each one is unique? and all Whiskey fans look forward to it with great eagerness. And that tasty tradition extends into 2019 with Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye ? the fifteenth in the series.
When you toast grains the flavor profile starts to change. The natural sugars AND proteins combine in different ways, developing sweetness and complexity. It's more than ?just? caramelization. Toast the grains too long or too hot and it gets smoky. Toast them just long enough at just the right temperature and it gets chocolaty. That's what they did here ? the mash bill is 70% corn,15% chocolate malted rye, and 15% malted barley. And they bottle it at a near perfect 45.2% ABV.
Our American is a pre-prohibition style, short-aged, under 1 year, in American white oak barrels used previously for our 291 Colorado Bourbon. Floral with a buttery mouthfeel, while the copper provides a fresh cut leather finish.
?291 Colorado Whiskey's summer sipping whiskey? great in a cocktail, served neat or over ice.
?90 proof / 45% ABV
|MASH BILL WITH 95% RYE.
APPEARANCE: GOLDEN AMBER
NOSE: AROMAS OF OAK, DARK FRUIT AND LIGHT CARAMEL WITH A HINT OF CINNAMON
PALATE: SPICY, FULL BODIED, TOUCH OF TOFFEE
FINISH: DRY FINISH WITH LINGERING SPICE AND OAK NOTES
AGED: CHARRED OAK BARREL
INGREDIENTS: RYE AND BARLEY
Global Spirits Competition: Double Gold
North American Whiskey and Bourbon Competition: Gold
Denver International Spirits Festival: Silver
Jim Murray's 2018 Whiskey Bible rating: 94 points
A well balanced bourbon with delicate body. Notes of vanilla and caramel are complimented by a touch of white oak tannins. This is further mingled with dried fruit to deliver a richly smooth flavor.
This bourbon was aged for six years in new white oak barrels before spending another two years extracting the subtle, yet sweet flavors from used port wine barrels. The rich vanilla characters of American oak mingle with the delicate fruit notes from port to create this magnificent whiskey.
1792 Port Finish Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes
Nose:?Aromas of caramel apples, vanilla and intense chocolate to the bourbon.
Palate:?Notes of strawberry jam, raisins, gingerbread and cinnamon toast.
Finish:?Long and complex, accented by hints of sweet licorice and cherry pie.
15 Stars Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in tawny port casks