About Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Aged Cask and New Cask Rye Whiskey
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Aged Cask and New Cask Rye Whiskey were made from 100% rye grains. "This idea has a great tradition," says Morris. "Bartenders appreciate a rye whiskey, and I wanted to give it a try." Once the grains were harvested, they were mashed and fermented at the distillery in Versailles, Kentucky (100% rye mashbills are notoriously difficult to ferment). Then, the wash — the liquid that remains following fermentation — was triple distilled through Morris' copper-pot stills.
Following distillation, a portion of the whiskey was aged in new, American oak casks while the remainder was aged in American oak casks that had previously been used to mature Woodford Reserve Bourbon. After aging for an average of seven to eight years, each of these limited edition ryes was brought to proof and bottled separately.
Woodford Reserve New Cask Rye Whiskey has an aroma of brown sugar, caramel and a hint of spice. The aroma opens up to notes of cinnamon, woody spices and honey on the palate, and leads to a lingering, spicy finish that is noticeably warm.
Woodford Reserve Aged Cask Rye has a lighter color than New Cask Rye, along with an aroma of honey and molasses. The initial notes of brown sugar, toffee and milk chocolate are complemented by notes of burnt sugar and caramelized oranges, and lead to a smooth, soft finish.
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About Woodford Reserve
The Woodford Reserve Distillery sits on what was once an old Distillery founded by Elijah and his son, Oscar Pepper, in the 1800s. Years later, under the stewardship of Oscar and Master Distiller James Crow, their distillery reformed and modernized producing whiskey in the United States — the distillery revolutionized the concepts of sour mash and yeast propagation.
Today, the distillery is among Kentucky's oldest and smallest bourbon distilleries. Nestled in the heart of the Commonwealth's thoroughbred country, it's the only place you'll find bourbon and horses maturing side by side. It's also one of a handful of spirits companies in the world to own a cooperage and craft its barrels, allowing for ultimate precision when creating exact toast and char specifications.
As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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