A fascinating release from Woodford Reserve, that will really appeal to the Bourbon aficionados.
With Bourbon whiskey, the casks used for maturation have to be made of American white oak. Yet, American oak is not a monolith, there are differences between the kinds of oak that grow in America, with northern oak, Appalachian oak, and Ozark oak all differing.
Usually Woodfard uses a mixture of all three oak varieties to produce a standardised flavour profile. However, for ‘Select American Oak’, only one oak style, Ozark – from the mountains of the American Southwest – is used.
Ozark oak grows fast, producing a unique flavour profile in the whiskey. This Bourbon offers a distinctly spicy, nutty profile, with a range of fruity flavours, and touches of vanilla, earthy oak, wax, cream and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is dry and bright, rather different from the standard Woodford bottlings.
The spirit is bottled at a punchy 45.2% ABV, giving the Bourbon a little more intensity and warmth.
Intriguing stuff, this bottling perhaps hints at a new avenue for Bourbon whisky going forward.