Maker: Woodford Reserve, Versailles, Kentucky, USA with possible help from Brown-Forman distillery in Shively. (Brown-Forman)
Style: Kentucky straight wheat whiskey
Label: Batch 2
Age: NAS (at least 4 y/o)
Proof: 90.4 (45.2% ABV)
Michigan state minimum: $39
Appearance: Medium Copper.
Nose: Biscuits with cherry jam.
Palate: Medium bodied. Cherry wine, a little oak, then burn.
Finish: Drying with a little fruit, but mostly oak and alcohol.
Parting words: Since I reviewed Bernheim Wheat Whiskey back in 2012, wheat has become much more common than it was. It’s a staple of many micro-distillers and Heaven Hill even added an age statement to theirs! This Woodford edition is relatively new, a part of their series of non-bourbon line extensions, also including a rye and malt whiskey.
I was expecting a simple whiskey, like Bernheim, when I bought this bottle, but it’s actually pretty complex. Not Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch complex, but on par with bourbons in its price range. The cherry notes are really nice and make for a wonderful sipping experience. I’ve never been too hot on Woodford as a whole, but I could see myself making this one a regular in my cabinet. Woordford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey is recommended.