GSN Review: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

WoodfordRyeWoodford Reserve branches out into the ever-growing rye whiskey market with this latest release.  To find out more about the history of the company, read my review of their Woodford Reserve Sonoma-Cutrer Finish here.

Rye whiskey by the way is not Canadian.  In fact, there is only one brand of Canadian whisky (note that there is no ‘e’ in the spelling) which is made from 100% rye mash.  It’s well worth seeking out if you can.  Look for Alberta Premium.  Virtually all other Canadian whiskies are made from a high percentage of corn, with a smattering of rye.

American rye whiskey on the other hand, must be distilled from at least 51% rye.  Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight, uses 53% rye in their grain bill.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (90.4 proof)
Visual: Burnished copper penny.
Nose: Rich, enveloping spice driven aroma.  Mouth watering hints of vanilla, caramel and baking spices almost fool you into thinking this is a dessert.  Really fine nose. A+.
Taste: Impressively heady with a sharp and masculine rye bent.  Part of this is due to the higher proof, but I’ve had bottled-in-bond ryes that are 100 proof and don’t have this intensity.  Add a touch of water to bring this down to 80 proof and you’ve still got a powerhouse of a whiskey.  A+
Finish: This goes on and on for a few minutes.  Lots of character with bright high notes and deep low notes bookending the whole experience.  A+
Overall: World class rye whiskey that should be in everyone’s bar.  The perfect ingredient in a Manhattan, Sazerac or Old Fashioned.  A+
GSN Rating: Oh, did I mention this gets an A+?

For more information go to: Woodford Reserve