American Whiskey - Rye

Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2015

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Woodford Reserve rye is a new addition to their core lineup of whiskey first released in winter of 2015. The grain bill is 53% rye, which fits the requirement for being a rye whiskey (50%+) but is far less than the 90% - 100% rye whiskeys adored by many fans. The lighter rye is sometimes called a "Maryland style" rye whiskey and suggests a softer, more approachable rye whiskey.

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This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
Buck Mulligan Buck Mulligan (74)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-06-28)
This is more for the loyal Woodford Reserve fan than for the typical rye junkie: as the mash bill percentage is up from 18% to 53% (from traditional Woodford Reserve), it is still about as low (percentage-wise) as you can legally go to claim rye (its gotta be at least 51% rye to be classified as such). So my point is, from a rye perspective...its not bad. From a Woodford Reserve fans perspective, its great! Id rather have seen them be a bit more bold and increase the percentage of rye a bit more, but as is this is truly a Maryland (or Potomac) style/blend rye. a Manhattan it works very well.
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