The Woodford Reserve distillery in Kentucky is a whiskey making operation known mostly for its production of bourbon. They do have rye as well, there’s the Straight Rye that’s readily available. However, this new release will be a blended rye, consisting of two different ryes Woodford Reserve has stockpiled in their barrel archives.
One part is Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Aged Cask Rye expression that has matured in used Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels. A portion of this 100% rye was held back for continued aging until this year, when it was blended with the last of the original Distiller’s Select Straight Rye barrels, consisting of whiskey with a mash bill that’s 53% rye, 33% corn and 14% malted barley.
Plans call for this rye to be the first in a series of rye offerings for the Distillery Series over this summer. The next up will be Toasted Oak Rye, consisting of a rye mash distillate matured in used Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels and finished in new Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels for two years. It will then be followed by a specialty barrel-finished rye to be announced in the coming months.
Official tasting notes for the blended expression, which is of a golden honey color are below.
- Aroma: icy with hints of poached pears and apples sweetened with a touch of graham cracker, dusted with cracked black pepper and cedar sawdust.
- Taste: Spicy rye grain notes dominate a subtly sweet medley of pear and apple fruit with a delicate note of mint lurking in its depths.
- Finish: Long with a pronounced rye grain and apple peel fruitiness.