Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select
Added on Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007 at 11:36 PM
  Bottler: Brown Forman
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 45.20 % Region: N/A
  Price: $40 Availability: Wide
The Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select is a vatting of bourbon made on traditional column stills at Brown Forman and bourbon made in pot stills at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.
Member Ratings and Notes
Light and woody nose, dry rye, oaky, woody finish which lacks sweetness.
Fruit present on the nose. Super-smooth on the palate with an easy, light sweetness.  Yet there's enough oak in here to leave me with a nice, light chewy quality (happy Life Day! Google it). Bourbon Lite, but in a good way. I used to say put it on the rocks, but it drinks fine neat, if a bit plain.

N: Very sweet. Rye is evident on the nose, as well as vanilla. There's a low hint of marzipan. Becomes waxy with a few minutes of exposure to the air.


P: Sweet, with wood evident and rye as well, initially syrupy and thick on the palate but then feels watery and starts to warm. The thicker maripan is evident; a little vanilla, some very faint hints of toffee. There are early notes of black cherry but they tone down quickly. 


F: Sweet again, more brown sugar/creme brulee type sweetness. Quite a big, lasting finish. It dries off strange and slightly bitter. 


It's fine but I don't know that I'd go out of my way to recommend this to anyone.  Kind of pushes the sweet and syrupy direction. The marzipan is fairly pronounced which gives it a weightier sweet flavor and I could see how this might be agreeable. However, I don't think you're worse off for not having had it. 



The nose is light and sweet with some banana notes.  The palate starts sort of generically sweet but quickly turns a bit astringent with some earthy notes as well which continue into the finish.  Has a few off flavors and is a bit flat.  I used to drink a lot of this stuff and enjoy it, but haven't had it in years.  I'm not sure if it's changed of if I have.
n: corn candy at Halloween. Clean laundry and light tan wood. Mostly corn meal and a vanilla cream. 
t: thin mouthfeel, mostly bitter oak that turns creamed corn sweet and a hint of vanilla, rye spice, and char in middle. Green banana peel in the middle. This bourbon is semi-sweet with more than a hint of pine at end. Waxed cherry, a non-descript but a nice "bourbony" bourbon; but then again, nothing to get excited about. [C+/C]
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