Whiskey Review: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey

, | January 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Brown-Forman. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

Each person’s flavor palate is as different and unique as their fingerprint. Your tastebuds are like memories of the tongue, changing and developing over time since the day you were born. According to Master Distiller Chris Morris, the new Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey was inspired by historical recipes and flavors so unique that you can expect those tastebuds to be tantalized in a variety of exciting new ways. And if it’s anything like what they’ve done for their bourbon, rye, and malt whiskies, it will not disappoint.

The Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey is a mildly sweet and lightly spiced fruit-forward whiskey that is 90.4 proof. It was cleverly designed by Morris with a mash bill of 52% wheat, 20% malt, 20% corn, and 8% rye. This new whiskey will be a permanent addition to the Woodford Reserve Collection and, as stated by Morris himself, it will “highlight our distillery’s commitment to creativity, innovation, and dedication to making the world’s best tasting whiskies”.

This wheat whiskey is exciting and new, yet maintains the vision of Woodford Reserve to bring forth all of the flavors of American whiskey that we have grown to know and love. I urge you to try it for yourself, just to experience the uniqueness of their recipe and take a little sip out of history.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey (image via Woodford Reserve)

Tasting Notes: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey

Vital Stats: A four grain mash bill that is wheat dominant at 52%, followed by 20% malt, 20% corn, and 8% rye. 90.4 proof; $35 for a 750ml bottle.

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Appearance: A pale, buttery blond. Like amber agave or bales of straw in the fading sunlight.

Nose: Faint, airy floral scents being carried in the wind. Slightly sweet and fruity, like baked apple cobbler with sweet brown sugar and cinnamon, wafting thru Grandma’s kitchen.

Palate: Soft and light on the palate, it’s easy on the mouth and throat. Flavored with a gentle fruity sweetness and mild spice factor.

The Takeaway


I drank it neat and it was a little thin and earthy for me to enjoy the flavor profile alone. However, it would probably make a great cocktail. I imagine it would be yummy mixed into an adult milkshake with pumpkin and caramel, or paired with some warm apple cider and sweet pumpkin pie spices.

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Jenni Misiak

For as long as I can remember, writing has been a part of who I am. It's my creative outlet, my therapy. A good whiskey is kind of like that. The unique, bold flavors of each dram brings me to a place of comfort and warmth that only the smoothest...