Woodford Reserve

Master's Collection, Sonoma-Cutter Pinot Noir Finish

ABV 45.2%
REVIEWED Issue 124
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Brand: Woodford Reserve
Expression: Master's Collection, Sonoma-Cutter Pinot Noir Finish
Type: USA Whisky / Bourbon
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2014
ABV: 45.2%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense, perfumy. Oak driven. Exotic wood. Vetiver. Cranberries. raisins. Orange peel. Cloves. Caramelised pecans. Maple syrup.
Palate: Dry and astringent. Dark chocolate. Bitter liquorice root. Oak is dominating. Dried fruit, the same as on the nose. Then a warm flavour of long peppercorn.
Finish: Dry and spicy.
Comment: An old bourbon? Too much on the oaky side for me but it will please those who like this style of whiskey.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Slabs of sweet, herbal rye with fat corn and earthy, edgy burnt toffee oak. With time citrus, coal dust and midnight violet with coffee, balsamic and raisinated fruit.
Palate: Lighter and less complex than the nose suggest. A dominating burnt toffee character. Oily corn and youthful spirit come through with herbal rye. The middle is a little austere.
Finish: Long and very spicy with the youthful, marc-like spirit lingering. Where has the oak disappeared to?
Comment: I was expecting a lot more for the palate given that very complex nose.
Visit the distillery
The Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCraken Place, Versailles, KY, USA
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