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Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Woodford Reserve
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Few things in life are true luxuries.. Luckily, American bourbon falls into this category and one of the finest bourbon's in the world is Woodford Reserve. Distilled using primarily pot stills versus the more commonly used column stills and aged in stone warehouses to better control the maturation process, Woodford Reserve is one of the greatest American bourbons ever produced and an exceptional value in the world of whiskey.


On the nose, Woodford Reserve features a distinctive aroma of freshly baked banana bread that instantly identifies this bourbon as being Woodford. Notes of oak, dark chocolate, cinnamon and orange also appear, creating a bouquet that is both appetizing and rich.

Body and Palate

Woodford Reserve bourbon has a full, rich mouthfeel but is balanced so perfectly that it also mixes well in cocktails. Smooth and rich, with flavors of cinnamon, walnut, and allspice complementing both the oak and vanilla tones imparted by barrel maturation. Dark chocolate and orange marmalade notes also caress the palate, while a certain rye spiciness adds a bit of flair to the overall flavor profile. In two words, this whiskey is utterly delicious.


On the finish, Woodford Reserve offers a long, spicy and satisfying finish. Hints of tobacco leaf, rye spice, and mint appear before giving way to oak notes and a subtle and elegant florality before leaving the palate.

All in all, Woodford Reserve is one of the greatest whiskies in the world and an icon in the world of bourbon. A great value at its price point, Woodford Reserve is both affordable and truly luxurious. Keep a bottle at home for sipping at home and making bourbon-based cocktails and keep this bourbon at the top of your list for gift giving and you'll never go wrong. Woodford Reserve is truly an American masterpiece.

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