The 12th release in Woodford Reserve’s limited edition Master’s Collection, this bottling pays homage to industry heroes Oscar Pepper and James Crow.
As all Bourbon is legally required to be aged in fresh (unused) American oak barrels – at least for the first maturation – Bourbon distillers have less room to maneuver with maturation than say, their Scottish counterparts. As such, American Distillers have begun to experiment with different ways of giving their whiskey a unique flavour profile, after all, necessity is the mother of invention.
This is one such example, a Bourbon which unusually uses smoked malted barley in its mashbill (in a ratio of 70% corn to 30% barley). Here the barley has been smoked with Cherry Wood, imparting a fragrant fruitiness to the finished product.
Indeed, this whiskey serves up notes of fresh berries, cherries, sweet wood smoke, barbequed meats, vanilla, coffee, blackcurrant cordial, brown sugar, cinnamon, corn sweetness, and hot oak.
The dram is bottled at a strength of 45.2% ABV, for a little more intensity.
A complex and delicious Bourbon with a difference!