Woodford Reserve, Brown-Forman’s premium American whiskey label, has covered most of the major domestic whiskey categories to date, including bourbon, rye and malt. One that was missing? Wheat. It was something we noted might be coming around, however, based upon the appearance of an approved bottle label by the federal government some months back. This has now been confirmed by Woodford, which just announced its forthcoming Wheat Whiskey.
The new Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey, according to those behind it, is said to be based upon historical recipes but also “influenced by the iconic core Woodford Reserve Bourbon brand.” Wheat is obviously the dominant grain here, and this whiskey sports a four grain mash bill that’s 52% wheat, 21% malt, 18% corn and 8% rye.
“This proprietary expression of Woodford Reserve Wheat is designed to deliver a unique ‘fruit-forward’ flavor profile,” said Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris in a prepared statement. “It is, like the other members of the Woodford Reserve brands, complex and approachable – and it will make great cocktails. This new permanent expression highlights our distillery’s commitment to creativity, innovation, and dedication to making the world’s best tasting whiskeys.”
As it stands now plans call for this wheat whiskey to be bottled at 90.4 proof. It is set to price around $35 per 750 ml bottle, and you’ll find more official complete tasting notes below for your consideration. It should be noted as well this is a new permanent expression in the Woodford line up.
- Aroma: Aromatic spiced (cinnamon and cedar) and cooked fruit (apple, pear, banana) mingle with a delicate floral character sweetened with light vanilla bean and brown sugar notes
- Taste: Spicy applesauce and toasted coconut notes enliven an earthy mint and cocoa nib mix
- Finish: Dry, subtle cocoa nibs and lingering apple peel
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— Woodford Reserve (@WoodfordReserve) July 22, 2019
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