Woodford Reserve is turning back the clock with the 2015 iteration of their famed Master’s Collection: 1838 Style White Corn. Conceptualized by respected industry veteran Master Distiller Chris Morris, this release celebrates both Woodford Reserve’s modern approach to bourbon, and the craftsmanship of its storied past.
Drawing from original production records, Morris developed and brought to life a recipe that might have been used by renowned Master Distiller James Christopher Crow and distillery owner Oscar Pepper during their visionary work in the mid-1800s. The 1838 Style White Corn release is both inspired by, and pays tribute to, the techniques developed by Pepper and Crow which have become some of the most well-known and commonly used throughout the industry today. The use of white corn instead of traditional yellow corn complements additional grains within the spirit, including the rye and malt, allowing those characteristics to create a sharper-tasting whiskey.
Woodford Reserve 1838 Style White Corn (90.4 proof)
Visual: Golden yellow-brown.
Nose: Hearty rye accented spice bomb. Very direct, intense baked cornbread with cracked black pepper.
Taste: Surprisingly light and genteel. A lot of flavor in a refined package. The overall effect is one of tanned moccasin leather and rye toast. This sums up what I think of when I want an Autumnal bourbon that stays away from the sweeter side of whiskey.
Finish: Medium long with a curious peppermint note that creeps in towards the end. If this bourbon wasn’t in the $100 per bottle price range, I’d be highly tempted to use it in an authentic mint julep.
Overall: Yum. Another winner from Woodford Reserve.
GSN Rating: A
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