Review No.30. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select has more premium appearance to it when compared to other widely stocked bourbons.  The bottle is quite attractive, as are many bourbon bottles I think, but try not to let the appearance of the bottle sway your thinking on how good you think it is.  The Woodford Reserve range is not huge and this is the flagship bottle in their range.


Whisky: Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 43.2% vol.

Nose: Butterscotch, cinnamon, marzipan, cherry menthol, pepper, leather, oak

Taste: Buttered popcorn, cinnamon, toffee apple, pepper, oak

Finish: Cloves, pepper, oak

Score: 3.25

Summary: The flavours live up to the bottle design.  There isn’t anything in particular that stands out from the crowd in terms of flavour but the overall delivery has a good quality feel to it and I think the 43.2% vol. helps with this, although 45% vol. would be even better.  There is a nice balance of sweet and spice to this and a slight menthol note giving a very grown up feel.  Depending on your budget you could treat this as a treat or as an everyday sipper.  Something I would occasionally return to or seek out at bars.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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