Woodford Reserve Rye (750ml) (Previously $40)
Distilled from a relatively low-rye mash of 53% rye, 33% corn, 14% malt; true to Woodford Reserve form, a mingling of whiskeys distilled at Woodford and at Brown-Forman in Louisville. Nose of leather, cinnamon, rye snappiness, and hints of red raspberry. Hot and lean on the palate, spicy/sweet until rye’s bitter layering floats in, making for a dry finish as the oak comes on stronger. Balances drinkable and elegant quite nicely, and it’s real Woodford. (Summer 2015)
Woodford Reserve's new rye whiskey is not only delicious, it's one of the most interesting new ryes on the market. The distillery does a 51% rye mashbill (the rest a combination of corn and barley) on their Scottish style pot stills and blends the mature whiskey with an identical mashbill distilled traditionally on a column still from the Early Times distillery in Shively, Kentucky. The result is quite pleasing, showcasing the leaner, grainier notes of the rye itself, but while balancing that spice with just the right level of richness. It's like a combination of Sazerac and Old Potrero in one bottle. A delicious new addition to the market.