The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. It is said that the history of bourbon is the history of Kentucky,
Woodford Reserve is crafted from a grain recipe of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley. The sweetness of the corn combined with the spice of the rye and the nuttiness of malt builds the base for the world’s most flavorful bourbon. The water for Woodford Reserve comes directly from the naturally filtered by limestone deposits under the property. This water, iron-free and mineral rich, is a crucial ingredient in the process. The fermentation process is among the longest in the industry. The extra time, paired with its unique yeast strain, creates a great “depth of character and a complex range of flavors.” Woodford Reserve creates a perfectly balanced flavor by careful batching whiskey distilled in pot stills and whiskey distilled in column stills. It is matured in new, charred, white oak barrels made at Woodford Reserve. After filling, barrels age in unique heat-cycled warehouses until mature.
Chris Morris and Elizabeth McCall are the driving forces in the innovation and shaping of the story of Woodford Reserve. They share the belief that the keys to making the World’s Finest Bourbon are not only time and patience, but science and art. Together they craft whiskeys that are a spectacle for the senses.
Sustainability is one of the main visions for Woodford Reserve. 98% of waste material is recycled across all operations; ten acres of land on the Woodford Reserve property is dedicated to native grass restoration; 95T of food scraps are composted on the Woodford Reserve property.
Woodford Distillery’s smooth and supple bourbon has become the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby.