Woodford Reserve has released its Winter 2021 Master’s Collection expression, the Woodford Reserve Five-Malt Stouted Mash, a whiskey it says exhibits the flavors of a classic beer.
Master Distiller Chris Morris and Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall drew on what’s described as Woodford’s history of innovation and their own interests for inspiration.
They explained that a fermented grain mash is traditionally called “distiller’s beer.” Distillation converts this “beer” into a spirit that will become a “whiskey” once barreled. The Five-Malt Stouted Mash is Morris’ and McCall’s take on crafting a spirit that has flavors of a traditional heavy-style beer.
“Five-Malt Stouted Mash is an expression unlike any other we’ve released before,” Morris said in a prepared statement. “The rich, roasted malty stout flavors mingle with bright touches of baked fruit, crisp spices, and orange zest for a unique Woodford Reserve experience.”
“Woodford Reserve’s distillery was constructed by Irish stonemasons in 1838,” McCall said. “That history, plus the fact that we distill in the ‘Irish’ style with triple pot stills, inspired us to mash and distill this year’s Master’s Collection.”
Five-Malt Stouted Mash is a dark, robust expression of Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey.
This year’s release marks the 17th in the Master’s Collection. It clocks in at 90.4 proof and is available in select U.S. and global markets with a suggested retail price of $129.99 for a 750ml bottle.
Five-Malt Stouted Mash distiller’s notes:
Color: Antique orange.
Aroma: Dusky notes of roasted malt, toasted nuts all sweetened with hints of milk chocolate and brightened with a touch of orange zest, spearmint, and warm baking spices. Oak, cherry cobbler, and shortbread round out the malt and barrel influence.
Taste: Malty with toasted hazelnut and cocoa highlights atop a layer of baked fruit, crisp spice, and zest bounce about the depths.
Finish: Malt and cocoa notes linger on.
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