Nestled amid the rolling hills of bluegrass and thoroughbred farms sits our historic Woodford Reserve Distillery. One of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries, the present day Woodford Reserve Distillery is built on history, sitting on Kentucky’s oldest distilling site where Elijah Pepper began crafting whiskey in 1812. It was on these same hallowed grounds that years later Master Distiller James Christopher Crow perfected his whiskey-making methods, which today have become common practice, including the implementation of sour mash into fermentation. The Distillery is home to a 500-foot-long gravity-fed barrel run, our iconic copper pot stills, and 100-year-old cypress wood fermenters. We also boast one of the only heat cycled barrelhouses in the world, ensuring every drop seeps into the charred and toasted white oak, giving Woodford Reserve its color and signature flavor.
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Rye Whiskey is deep amber in color, aromatically robust, offering stewed peaches, black tea, and honeysuckle. Clean and crisp, the flavors begin with earthy grains cooked with sweet cream butter and cinnamon, developing into spicier notes of cracked rye berries and freshly grated nutmeg.
NOSE: Spicy with distinct notes of rye, black pepper, cedar and cassia bark sweetened with a dusting of marzipan. Hints of pear, apple and almond dance in its depths.
PALATE: Clove, rye, mint, molasses, sorghum and honey mingle together with hints of apple and malt.
FINISH: Long and sweetly spiced.