#396 • Woodford Reserve Wood Selection

47.2% alc./vol.
Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, Kentucky, United States

It's like that every year, you can't really publish on July 4th anything other than a good old American whiskey. Let's not go dead hand with a Woodford Reserve Four Wood Selection.

This special 2012 edition is called the Four Wood due to its stay in four different types of casks, a very rare thing in the bourbon industry. This blend of American oak, sherry cask, port cask and maple wood offers us a whiskey that packs a nice big fruit punch.

As the actor, director, composer and producer of American cinema so well said Clinton "Clint" Eastwood (1930-) ,published in the daily Le Devoir, put it so well:

Un Smith & Wesson Beat four aces

Bourbon red, almost red.

Out of the ordinary, we would think of something else than an American whiskey. Oak and biscuits style "Social Tea", bread and corn. Vanilla and grapes, black cherry. Burnt caramel.

Always oak and spices, dusty wood, cherry, corn and pears. Apple and nectarine. Really unique.

Short but punchy with notes of port, apples and wood.

A superb example of a special refining for a bourbon, something unusual in the industry.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#372 • Woodford Reserve

46.2% alc./vol.
Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, Kentucky, United States

We make salmon with it, we praise it in the bourbon world, but we never really got down to it or just stopped here, here is good old Woodford Reserve.

It is not that often that we visit the base of the pyramid, but we are dealing here with a bourbon which is somewhat here the very definition of the appellation.

I will have to quote here for a second time the American actor, director and producer Larry Martin Hagman, better known for his role as JR in Dallas (1931-2012) said so well:

You cannot designate the top of a pyramid without locating its base.

Classic amber-red bourbon.

Spices and dried fruits welcome us. Grapes, corn, caramel and vanilla. An 2e nose still reveals caramel, but burned this time.

Beautiful texture, hints of caramel, fruit salad, honey and corn, topped with vanilla. Return of toffee and butterscotch.

Nice length punctuated with spices and vanilla. Grilled oak and corn bring us to a pleasant syrupy finish.

Great for a basic expression. A must to have in his Bourbon collection.

Note: ★★★★★