In the legendary ‘drunk on literature’ Mark Twain’s spirited words, too much of anything is bad, but too much of whisky is barely enough. And he, along with poet Walt Whitman and 7th U.S. President Andrew Jackson could barely have enough of the good ol’ Bourbon, especially the one where Woodford Reserve comes from. It’s one of those whiskies that bottles within it an old world charm, holds casks of history, craft and stories of a thoroughbred country to tell with every sip. Agreed, the limelight is stolen by Jack Daniels, but the Brown Forman Family’s sparkling jewel is the Woodford Reserve, which is another reason for Kentucky to be on the world map besides its fried chicken and bluegrass racehorse courses.
It was in 1812 that Elijah Pepper began crafting whisky in small batches, making Woodford Reserve Distillery one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries. Its distinct taste, so crisp and clean, comes from an artisanal process that soaks in all five sources of bourbon flavor. The flat, rather anti-whisky looking bottles, each numbered with a batch number and bottle number, stand out like true blue Americans. Original and distinct, every sip of Distiller’s Select® craft bourbon contains over 200 congeners, natural color, aroma and flavor components. While the appearance is a clear honey amber, the nose is rich with dried fruit, hints of mint, oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa, faint vanilla and tobacco spice. A complex taste layered with citrus, cinnamon and cocoa makes it rich, chewy, rounded and smooth. The toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes are abound as one experiences a very satisfying, smooth, creamy, warm finish.