Woodford Reserve Releases New Distillery Series: Toasted Bourbon

by Phillip Galyean

Today, Woodford Reserve releases a new limited-edition bottle as part of its annual Distillery Series – Toasted Bourbon.

The bourbon was created by happenstance.

In 2017, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels were accidentally delivered to the distillery and filled with new-make bourbon distillate.

Unlike standard bourbon barrels, which are lightly toasted and heavily charred, the Double Oaked barrels are heavily toasted and lightly charred.

After 18 barrels were filled, the distillery team noticed they had the wrong barrel. But Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall had an idea – keep the barrels and see how the whiskey matured.

They were moved to historic Warehouse C where the flavor development was closely monitored for more than six years. This was a great opportunity to learn how Woodford Reserve’s bourbon distillate matures in a heavily toasted and lightly charred barrel.

“Toasted Bourbon resulted in a delicious whiskey that blends the flavor profile of both Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon and Double Oaked,” McCall said. “After more than six years of patiently waiting, we’re thrilled to share this one-of-a-kind bourbon with our fans.”

This limited-edition bourbon has a suggested retail price of $64.99 for a 375ml bottle and is available at Woodford Reserve Distillery starting on May 21 at 9 a.m. It is also coming soon to select Kentucky retailers.

For more information on the Distillery Series and Woodford Reserve’s portfolio, please visit the official website.

Tasting Notes

Color: Golden honey

Aroma: Sweet toasted oak, cinnamon graham cracker with dark cherry, cooked banana, and a dusting of nutmeg

Flavor: Cinnamon brown sugar, raw honey, baking spice, and toasted oak

Finish: Warm baking spice and citrus

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