Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt enters German market

Brown-Forman expands its core range

With the launch of the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt the American company Brown-Forman now presents its new line in Germany: Following Bourbons like Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and rye whiskey like Woodford Reserve Rye now a Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey will be available. It had been launched in the US in June already.

Some important information for fans of malt whiskey: The Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt is not produced only from malted barley as we are used from Scottland. The mash bill contains 51% malted barley, 47% corn and 2% rye. The whiskey was matured in new oak barrels that were toasted.

Malt whiskey has a long tradition in the US says Master Distiller Chris Morris that goes back to the years of the American prohibition. So the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt was based on old recipes. It was bottled with 45,2% vol ABV in the typical Woodford bottles. A blue label helps to distinguish the malt whiskey from Woodford’s other products like the Woodford Reserve Rye (green) or the Bourbon Distiller’s Select (yellow).

Tasting notes of the producer:

Appearance: Warm Umber.

Nose: Soft nutty notes drizzled with light caramel and milk chocolate coat a layer of fruit character (apple, dried fruit, tropical fruit). Hints of brown spice, savory mint and brown sugar mingle with a rich note of freshly milled toasted oak.

Taste: Dark chocolate and caramel coated nuts are dried out with a dusting of cocoa powder and brown spice. A fruit medley brightens a trace of toasted coconut and rich, bright oak character.

Finish: Nutty and subtly sweet chocolate malt notes Grain Recipe: 51% Malted Barley, 47% Corn, 2% Rye

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