Woodford Reserve, 45.2% abv (90.4 Proof), $30/bottle
Color: Deep Amber/Copper
Nose: Wonderfully comforting with butterscotch, toffee, crisp green apple, Christmas mulling spices, lightly dry oak, and barrel. Sweet, rich nuances with bracing freshness.
Palate: Old fashioned butterscotch candy, maplye syrup, buttery popcorn, toasted oak, cinnamon, flinty minerality, and fresh, crisp green apples.
Finish: Moderate length, cinnamon, apple cider, and some bitter oak tannins remain.
Overall: The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected it would be considering it’s partially copper pot distilled. Perhaps a higher proof might help that and thus would carry the flavors and drill them home a bit more forcefully. I think with a little more texture, this bourbon would be elevated nicely. But even still, this whiskey has some wonderfully comforting flavors and aromas. I love the really intense butterscotch flavors – perhaps the most pronounced I’ve had with a bourbon. Highly recommended.
Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 8.5 (Very Good/Excellent)