Woodford Reserve adds Barrel Finished Rye to Distillery Series

Jul 31, 2018by Owen Bellwood

Brown-Forman-owned Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve has expanded its Distillery Series with the launch of Barrel Finished Rye.

Barrel Finished Rye is Woodford Reserve Rye that has been finished in a second barrel, made from new American oak. Woodford Reserve master distiller, Chris Morris, said: “This summer’s special rye is finished in a unique second barrel that is heavily toasted, lightly charred barrel, which brings out even more flavours. “It is a perfect example of Woodford Reserve bringing innovation not only to Bourbon but the rye whiskey category.” The latest whiskey in the Distillery Series uses the same ageing process as Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, the result is a "rich, robust and spicy" version of Woodford Reserve Rye. On the palate, the new expression is said to have notes of warm baking spices and a “rich nutty and roasted coffee character,” while the finish has a “dark caramel molasses like sweetness”. Barrel Finished Rye has been bottled at 45.2% abv and is available to purchase from the Woodford Reserve Distillery and select Kentucky retailers for US$49.99 per 375ml bottle. Morris says he created the Distillery Series, which includes a blended rye and the Five Malt expression, to highlight Woodford Reserve’s creativity.