Woodford Reserve Releases New Expression — Barrel Finished Rye

Woodford Reserve has released a new exclusive and limited-edition expression as part of its annual Distillery Series — Barrel Finished Rye.


The Barrel Finished Rye is Woodford Reserve Rye that has been finished in a custom second barrel made of new American oak that has been lightly charred and heavily toasted.


“This summer’s special rye is finished in a unique second barrel that is heavily toasted, lightly charred barrel, which brings out even more flavors,” Master Distiller Chris Morris said. “It is a perfect example of Woodford Reserve bringing innovation not only to bourbon but the rye whiskey category.”


Morris created the Distillery Series to highlight Woodford Reserve’s creative line of complex offerings and to showcase the brand’s commitment to innovation and premium craftsmanship.


This product uses the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked process of twice-barreled whiskey applied to rye instead of bourbon. The result is a rich, robust and spicy version of Woodford Reserve Rye, different from the sweet, full-bodied vanilla and toasted oak characteristics of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked bourbon.



Tasting Notes for Barrel Finished Rye:
Color: Rich sienna leather.
Aroma: Seasoned leather and aromatic cedar notes enhance a rich port and sherried fruit cake character highlighted by a nut and dark chocolate underpinning.
Taste: Warm baking spices enliven in a rich nutty and roasted coffee character enriched by a deep fruit character.
Finish: A dark caramel molasses like sweetness atop a  dried fruit lingers on.

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