Whiskey Review: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Vanilla and charcoal
Lots of vanilla! More charcoal, spice and ginger accompanies, sweetness (but not too sweet) that flows towards a floral finish. There is a “burn”, slight, not bad, but rather characteristic of bourbon. If this is an aspect that bothers you, the solution is ice, couple of cubes takes the burn away. A complex arrangement of flavors that can appropriately be described as sophisticated and rich. I initially tried this bourbon at a whisky tasting and days later, I was still thinking about. So, I bought a bottle and enjoyed a very refined drink of complexity I never imagined was possible from bourbon.
Oak and rye linger on the palate in a highly refined manner for a very long time.
Highly recommended! But not for the novice, new person to whiskeys and particularly bourbons. This whisky has a very robust flavor profile featuring big oak and charcoal that may not be to everyone’s taste. The finish is very long leaving flavors of spiced oak, charcoal, clean stream water. Also I find that this bourbon does not benefit from the addition of water in spite of the high ABV. More I think about it, this bourbon is for the serious whisky fan looking for something a little different.