Brown-Forman now confirms that this 7 to 8-year-old rye whiskey will be permanent product extension and available for purchase in select markets throughout the country beginning in February 2015 for $37.99 / 750 ml bottle in select markets including: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York (Metro and Upstate), New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Woodford Reserve Rye is the third permanent line extension to join the Woodford portfolio, which includes the original Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.
Woodford Reserve says they are using an “original and contemporary approach that focuses primarily on the adjustment of one of the five sources of flavor. To complement and emphasize the spice characteristics found in the original Woodford Reserve, the Rye uses a base that’s 53 percent rye, resulting in a liquid that’s both more balanced, and refreshingly subtle.”
Since 2006, Master Distiller Chris Morris says he has been hard at work crafting a rye that’s worthy of the Woodford Reserve name.
“As a brand, one of the things we’re most proud of is the passion and commitment that our fans have, both for Woodford Reserve, whiskey and bourbon in general. For us, releasing a rye is a chance to give back to these consumers” Woodford Reserve Brand Director Jason Kempf tells BourbonBlog.com.
Woodford Reserve Rye is produced with the same tradition that surrounds the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. As early as the mid-1800s, the site has been the location for visionary distilling practices, an attitude that Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow, the first people to distill at this location, fully embraced. Together, they perfected several whiskey production processes that continue to be used throughout the industry.