#396 • Woodford Reserve Wood Selection

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

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

This special edition of 2012 is called the Four Wood due to its stay in four different types of casks, something very rare in the bourbon industry. This blend of American oak, sherry cask, port cask and maple wood gives 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.

Nose:
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.

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

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

Balance:
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 seriously or simply stopped here, here is the good old Woodford Reserve.

It is not so often that we visit the base of the pyramid, but we are dealing here with a bourbon which is a little 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:

The top of a pyramid can not be designated without locating its base.

Classic amber-red bourbon.

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

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

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

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

Note: ★★★★★