Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 2015: 1838 Style White Corn
Official Word: Master’s Collection is an experiment in which the traditional Woodford recipe gets a one-ingredient tweak and the results are shared with the world. This year’s change was to white corn, “to pay homage to Pepper and Crow’s original use of white corn in their whiskey production process from the late-1830s to the 1850s,” according to the brand.
Word on the Street: Bottles are available if you know where to look. Master’s Collection is one of those whiskeys that has irregular popularity; bottles may fly off shelves in one store and gather dust at another. Our guess is as good as yours, though the distillery often carries bottles if you happen to end up in Kentucky.
The Final Word: Light, bright, and with a strong cereal-grain character, this is kind of whiskey educated drinkers can obnoxiously dissect for hours, especially alongside a normal bottle of Woodford. The white corn doesn’t take center stage, meaning the other grains (rye and malt) are prominently featured, producing a more floral whiskey overall.
90.4 Proof; $99
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