New limited-selection bourbon flavor from Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris is always trying to find new and innovative flavors to produce for his bourbon distillery. What flavor is it? When will it be for sale?

bourbon: a rose gold cup that says Woodford Reserve and a blurry building in the background

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Morris has discovered an unique flavor technique of toasting rye grain long enough to where it begins to taste like chocolate. Introducing the new limited-selection bourbon out of Woodford Reserve: Chocolate Malted Rye.

This bourbon selection is a one-time-only product that is being released in the month of October nation wide and globally as part of Woodford Reserve’s celebrated Master’s Collection.

“The rye malt was roasted to a level that its natural sugars caramelized into a dark chocolate note,” Morris said. “This special bourbon even surprised me as it matured in our warehouses. Each time I tasted it, the chocolate notes became even more pronounced.”

The product has hints of dark chocolate and spice at a 90.4 proof. The mash bill is 70% corn, 15% chocolate malted rye, and 15% distiller malt.

“Woodford Reserve Bourbon has a complex and balanced flavor profile that includes a hint of chocolate,” Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall said. “Chocolate Malted Rye takes those cocoa notes to a new level. Everything we do at Woodford Reserve goes back to our core belief that flavor is everything.”

bourbon bottle on a bourbon barrelThe tasting notes are:

  • Color: Medium Caramel
  • Aroma: Soft mocha, delicate caramel and roasted nut notes mingle with hints of cedar, soft oak and a touch of fruit.
  • Flavor: Roasted rye grain, dry cocoa nibs and dark chocolate spice up a soft mocha character atop a layer of cherry fruit and toasted oak.
  • Finish: Long and chocolatey

Woodford Reserve releases two flavors in their Master’s Collection each year – one in the spring and one in the fall. These releases are in addition to their permanent expression of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Woodford Reserve Rye, Woodford Reserve Malt, and Woodford Reserve Whiskey.




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