Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (ships in a magnum box) (Elsewhere $30)
The first sniffs detect restrained, lightly roasted kernel/bean-like scents; bouquet opens up as aromas of saddle leather, tobacco leaf and walnut come to the fore. Palate entry is semisweet, candied and creamy; by midpalate, the taste includes pepper, welcome spirity heat, oak resin and caramel corn. Ends showing the delicate side of Bourbon.
The dry, spicy, almost austere nose has a promising note of corn, and it delivers on the palate: sweet corn, berries and apricot, a touch of leather and cinnamon, with a bright, spicy finish. A mix of pot-still and column-still whiskeys.
*Double Gold Medal* at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition & *Recommended Choice* of Whisky Magazine. From Maichael Bonadies of Saveur Magazine: "Extremely well-balanced and crafted. Charming and intriguing, with nuanced aromas and flavors of spice (nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon), butterscotch, toasted vanilla, grilled citrus, and pralines."