Woodford Reserve unveils 2019 Master’s Collection Bourbon

Oct 16, 2019by Melita Kiely

Brown-Forman has released the latest addition to the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection: Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon.

The one-time release will be rolled out across the US and throughout the rest of the world from this month (October). Bottled at 45.2% ABV, the whiskey was made with a mash bill of 70% corn, 15% chocolate malted rye and 15% distillers malt. It will be sold at an RRP of US$129.99. Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve master distiller, said: “The rye malt was roasted to a level that its natural sugars caramelised into a dark chocolate note. “This special Bourbon even surprised me as it matured in our warehouses. Each time I tasted it, the chocolate notes became even more pronounced.” Tasting notes for the whiskey include mocha, caramel and roasted nuts on the nose, leading to flavours of dry cocoa nibs, dark chocolate spice, cherry fruit and oak on the palate, with a long, chocolaty finish. Elizabeth McCall, assistant master distiller, said: “Woodford Reserve Bourbon has a complex and balanced flavour profile that includes a hint of chocolate. “Chocolate Malted Rye takes those cocoa notes to a new level. Everything we do at Woodford Reserve goes back to our core belief that flavour is everything.”