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Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey

woodford-reserve-kentucky-straight-rye-whiskey-1                                           Rye is booming and it seems everyone is trying to take advantage, so there are a lot of hastily produced Rye Whiskeys flooding the market. The makers of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select  Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Brown-Forman, state that is not the case with their product. According to the company it has been in the works for close to 10 years. It is just now  hitting the market.

Woodford Rye comes in the same shaped corked bottle of the hugely popular Woodford Reserve Bourbon and the Double Oaked. It is bottled at 90.4 proof and sells for around $38. It is pretty easy to get around here, Indianapolis, but we are not sure about the rest of the country. The bottle has no age statement but by saying that it is a Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, it has to be at least 4 years old.


Todd:     Beautiful aroma of spicy Rye, leather, anise, a fruit that I couldn’t identify, and a slight bit of clove.

Ron:     I agree, great nose of spicy Rye and leather. Instead of clove, I get a little cinnamon. Also get a touch of sherry.


Todd:     Very smooth neat. Tasted the spicy Rye and leather I got on the nose along with a little tobacco, and cedar.

Ron:     Like Todd, I could taste the spicy Rye and leather.  I also could taste the sherry I got on the nose along with a little clove that Todd got on the nose.


Todd:    Sweet medium to medium long with more Rye.

Ron:     Rye still prominent along with a latent slight salty taste.

Todd:    Funny, I also got the saltiness, but figured my taste buds were off. Not sure if I ever detected that in the taste or finish of a Bourbon/Rye.


Todd:    I really liked Woodford Rye even though I didn’t get a lot of individual flavors. The Rye was the most prominent smell, taste and finish. But hey, having said that, it is a Rye.

Ron:    Great Rye! I agree that it is not overly complex,  but complexity is not everything. In fact I would probably put this as one of my favorite Whiskeys under $40.

Nose     4.5 out of 5

Taste     8.5 out of 10

Finish    4 out of 5

Total Score        17 out of 20 Barrels

Sometimes we think we should make a category called Enjoyability. Yes, we made that term up, but Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey would rank very high with just the sheer pleasure of drinking.

While we aren’t exactly crazy about for Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon, we love their Double Oaked and now we can add their Rye to our list of Whiskey that we recommend. Enjoy.


Woodford Double Oaked

woodforddoubleoaked                                          Woodford Reserve Double Oaked has been a favorite of ours since it was introduced a few years back. Having said that it has been a while since either of us have had a taste. Would we still hold it in such high regard?

Double Oaked is the standard Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select aged an extra 9 months in barrels that have been lightly charred but toasted twice as long. DD is at the higher end of the price scale selling for around $55 for the 750 ML bottle, is 90.4 proof and is widely available. It comes in a corked bottle that has the same shape as the Distiller’s Select.


Ron:   Robust alcohol immediately on the nose but not in a bad way. A lot going on here including a strong aroma of butterscotch, caramel, leather, cherries, and tobacco. Behind all that I picked up a little cinnamon and honey.

Todd:  Wow! This has to be one of the best Bourbon aromas I have ever come across. Like Ron I got an overwhelming nose of butterscotch along with caramel, leather, cherries and the cinnamon. I also got hints of chocolate, vanilla and a nutty, sweet cake aroma.


Ron:  Almost everything I got on the nose I got on the tongue. Heavy on the butterscotch with caramel, leather, honey and tobacco right behind. I also got slight tastes of toffee.

Todd:  Smooth even neat but really shines with one cube. Like the nose there was an almost overwhelming taste of butterscotch and caramel. Getting past that I detected cherries, vanilla and cinnamon.


Ron:  Medium to long with a ever-so-slight bitterness to it.

Todd:  Medium to long with some type of woody taste. I also got that strange slight bitterness that Ron got.


Ron:  This is definitely different than the regular Woodford Distiller’s Select. Last time I tried this was almost 2 years ago and while I thought it was great, I do not remember getting this many aromas and tastes.  This is great stuff! Side note, I prefer DD neat.

Todd:  Really liked Double Oaked. Lot on the nose, the taste doesn’t disappoint and has a nice finish The extra time in the barrel adds a complexity that  the standard Woodford just can’t match.

Nose     4.75 out of 5

Taste       9.25 out of 10

Finish      4.5 out of 5

Total Score         18.50 out of 20 Barrels

Well guess that answers the question of whether we still like this stuff or not. Great nose, taste and finish makes for a great Bourbon. The price is a little steep but at least it is worth it, you are not just paying for some novelty or hard to find Bourbon. DD also makes a good cocktail but why waste it on that?

Our final recommendation, Even if you only take it out once a year, put in a little overtime and get yourself a bottle of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.


Woodford Reserve

We are back and tasting one of the most popular premium Bourbons sold, Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select. This is from Brown-Forman, clocks in at 90.4 proof and is sold in a corked bottle. The bottle we tasted was a Kentucky Derby Commemorative 1L bottle, but it is the same juice as the normal bottle. It sells for around $32.00 for the 750 ml and is a very easy bottle to find, we have seen them at super markets.

It comes with a batch number but we are somewhat skeptical about calling this a small batch. It is a huge seller. On the plus side, it is the official bourbon of The Kentucky Derby, that has to account for something.


Ron:  I detected a nose of spice, molasses, brown sugar and oak.

Todd:   It has a warm aroma, don’t know how else to describe it. Also detected baking spice, oak, rye and caramel.


Ron:  Tasted a little hot straight with the same sweet molasses that I had detected on the aroma. Identified spice as nutmeg.

Todd:   It tasted better than I remembered. Light, even fruity, also got a little bit of a bread taste. Not a lot of flavor, found it better with a little ice.


Ron:  Long finish with same taste as above.

Todd:  Had a long but not very complex finish.

Nose    3.5 out of 5

Taste     7 out of 20

Finish    3 out of 5

Total Score 13.5 out of 20 Barrels

We know this is a low score for such a popular bourbon, and while it does have some good things going for it, nothing really jumps out at us. This is a decent Bourbon, not much more. If it were around $20, it would be one of our go to everyday drinks. At $30 or even higher, we don’t know.  It is good in a cocktail, but we can find lesser price juice for that.

Our advice is to try it at a bar or friend’s house before shelling out the dough.