Woodford Reserve has just released the latest extension of its Master’s Collection, and it is indeed another beauty that shows off the original flavor with a unique expression.
Available in major metro markets, this limited edition release are available with a suggested retail price of $99.99 for a 750ml bottle. at 94.4 proof.
This seventh release, called Four Wood, is part of the limited edition bottlings that pushes the limit of what Kentucky Whiskey offers by crafting rare and innovative products.
Four Wood is a unique batching of mature Woodford Reserve bourbon which has been aged in American Oak and has been finished in barrels made from Maple Wood, Sherry Wood and Port Wood.
Overall, it is gem for Woodford Reserve lovers who want a flavor adventure of depth.
“This year’s Master’s Collection brings together a unique combination of exotic wood (Maple) and fortified wine (Port and Sherry) in a complex interplay of flavors unsurpassed in our craft,” Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris tells BourbonBlog.com.
“The batching ratios of the three finishing barrels were painstakingly chosen so that no one character dominated the final product. Instead, Four Wood is so balanced that the palate effects of each of the four woods plays a discernible role in the final flavor presentation.”
With each release, one of the five sources of flavor is changed for the Master’s Collection expressions. These five sources – grain, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – are unique to bourbon whiskey, and altering just one of them creates a totally new flavor profile.
A limited quantity will be available in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Sweden, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and in various Duty Free markets.
Released periodically at the master distiller’s discretion, the Master’s Collection whiskeys are extremely limited in quantity and bottled only once, in a proprietary package inspired by the copper pot stills of The Woodford Reserve Distillery.
Woodford Reserve Four Wood Bourbon (2012 Master’s Collection) Review
Bourbon: Woodford Reserve Four Wood, Master’s Collection 2012
Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery, Brown-Forman, Versailles, KY
Color: Rich amber
Age: Fully aged Woodford Reserve aged in American Oak, Sherry, Port, Maple Wood
Proof: 94.4 proof, 47.2% ABV
Nose: Bold, rich butters, apple pie, wood
Taste: Enters bold and shows great depth of elegant barrel characteristics. Mid-palate, pleasant extraction of all the woods combine for a “candy coated Bourbon” mouthfeel.
Each unique barrel finish that has been combined to pronounce a note that shines through for a surprising enhancement to the final flavor . The port may be the most dominant with soft tannic expression.
This is followed by Sherry as a certain dry note balances against the port and sweeter notes.
The more you sip this Bourbon, the more it becomes like a Scotch, unraveling in flavors. It is a glass of the classic Woodford Reserve on “barelroids”
Finish: Somewhat nutty, lingers with heat and sticky barrel juiciness.