Woodford Reserve Barrel Finished Rye Latest Distillery Release - The Whiskey Wash

Woodford Reserve Barrel Finished Rye Latest Distillery Release

The now ongoing Distillery Series from Woodford Reserve is designed to showcase the range of complex offerings this Kentucky bourbon distillery is capable of, released in small batches. For its latest it has brought forth a rye whiskey that’s gone through a somewhat special secondary barrel finishing process.

The new Woodford Reserve Barrel Finished Rye, according to those behind it, takes rye whiskey from this distillery and finishes it in a custom second barrel made of new American oak that has been lightly charred and heavily toasted. It follows in much the same steps as the more regular Double Oaked bourbon offering, only it is a different type of whiskey.

“This summer’s special rye is finished in a unique second barrel that is heavily toasted, lightly charred barrel, which brings out even more flavors,” said Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris in a prepared statement. “It is a perfect example of Woodford Reserve bringing innovation not only to bourbon but the rye whiskey category.”

Plans call for this “rich sienna leather” colored expression to be available at the distillery and select Kentucky retailers for around $50 for a 375 ml bottle. You’ll find some official tasting notes below for your consideration from Woodford Reserve.

  • Aroma: Seasoned leather and aromatic cedar notes enhance a rich port and sherried fruit cake character highlighted by a nut and dark chocolate underpinning.
  • Taste: Warm baking spices enliven in a rich nutty and roasted coffee character enriched by a deep fruit character.
  • Finish: A dark caramel molasses like sweetness atop a dried fruit lingers on.
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Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.