Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey (700ml)
Another addition to Chris Morris's experimental repertoire is this unusual American Malt. Made from a mashbill of 51% Malted Barley, 47% Corn and 2% Rye, it's Woodford’s fourth release in their 'Distiller’s Select' portfolio and is expected to be a permanent line. Woodford have actually released three malted whiskeys in the past using all-malt mashbills, but the point of difference here is that it just exceeds the minimum legal requirements. The addition of a significant proportion of corn and rye means it should appeal to Bourbon and Single Malt drinkers alike.
Other reviews... A great bottle for bourbon and rye drinkers to dip their toes into the American Malt Whiskey category if they haven’t already. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey is an enjoyable whiskey not so much for any individual piece, but for what the product delivers as a whole. With the exception of the hotness of the palate, the rest of sip is well balanced. It’s priced right, will be readily available, and it stands out from Woodford’s other products. It probably won’t rank up there on anyone’s memorable whiskey of the year lists, but it will most likely please those who purchase it. The fact that the mashbill could easily be turned into a heavily malted bourbon and that it was aged in a new charred oak barrel, helps make this a great introduction into American malt whiskey. Hopefully Woodford Malt will open up people’s palates to a whole new category and encourage other large distilleries to try their hands in this space. 45.2% Alc./Vol. - breakingbourbon.com