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Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Straight Malt Whiskey

Aged for a minimum of nine years, this single malt represents the eighth expression in the Master's Collection series.


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Woodford Reserve Distillery was founded in 1838 by Reverend Elijah Craig and is the oldest Kentucky bourbon distillery still in operation today. Under the stewardship of Craig's oldest son (Oscar Pepper) and master distiller James Crow, the Woodford Reserve Distillery reformed and modernized the process of producing whiskey in the United States — the distillery introduced the concepts of sour mash, yeast propagation and copper pot distillation.

Today, nearly two centuries later, Chris Morris — Woodford Reserve's seventh master distiller — pays homage to Pepper and Crow with the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection, an annual release of a whiskey crafted by Morris specifically to honor the distillery's innovative and pioneering history. Morris, who began working at Woodford Reserve Distillery when he was just 16 years old, is one of the foremost experts in the production and maturation of whiskey and samples up to 180 unique whiskies each day. "Our charter is to be the home of innovative whiskey,"he says.

Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey represents the eighth expression in the Master's Collection series. "Our legal department would not let us call it "˜single malt' because it's not made in Ireland or Scotland,"Morris says. The whiskey is made exclusively from malted barley and then triple distilled through traditional, copper-pot stills. Following distillation, Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey is aged for nine years in casks composed of new, American oak. These types of casks are traditionally used to mature American whiskies such as bourbon or rye. As a result, they contribute more tannins to the whiskey, and give the whiskey an aroma of oats, rich oak and caramel. The aroma gives way to notes of spicy cinnamon and cloves on the palate, which are balanced by hints of citrus, bananas and pears. The finish is long and warm, with a touch of sweetness. Woodford Reserve Straight Malt is a limited edition whiskey, and we have only a select number of bottles available. Pick up a bottle today!

Aroma of oats, rich oak and caramel. Notes of spicy cinnamon and cloves on the palate, which are balanced by hints of citrus, bananas and pears. Finish is long and warm, with a touch of sweetness.

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