Woodford Reserve Select American Oak: The 15th edition of the Master's Collection

The limited release was matured in barrels of Ozark oak

In addition to the core range of Woodford Reserve as for example the Distiller's Select, the Double Oaked, the Rye or the Malt, since 2006 Brown-Forman regularly presents strictly limited whiskeys in the series Master's Collection. Accents such as extraordinary maturation or the use of special raw materials are thereby brought into focus and new ways and possibilities are tried out to follow the pioneering spirit of the Woodford Reserve founding fathers of the early 19th century, Oscar Pepper and James Crow. The Master's Collection is an homage to them.

Woodford Reserve is one of the few American distilleries that uses pot stills. The classic Woodford Reserve Bourbon is the base for any Master's Collection whiskey such as the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Cherry Wood Smoked Barley or the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Brandy Cask. And now the new Woodford Reserve Select American Oak.

The special accent of the Woodford Reserve Select American Oak: Ozark oak

For the maturation of a Bourbon, barrels made of American white oak must be used and of course they are also used for the Woodford Reserve Select American Oak. But even with American white oak there are differences. Woodford Reserve typically uses a mix of Northern Oak, Appalachian Oak and Ozark oak barrels, as we learn in a Brown-Forman press release on the new Master's Collection bottling. Each of the woods has its own character, its own terroir.

For the Woodford Reserve Select American Oak only whiskey was used, that was matured in barrels of Ozark oak, a wood that is characterized by a particularly fast growth. Brown-Forman describes the flavor in the news release as follows: "The 2018 Master’s Collection Select American Oak Kentucky Bourbon has a slightly spicy, nutty flavor that comes from being matured in Ozark oak barrels. The medley of aromas includes vanilla, milk chocolate, walnut, pecans, and marzipan. A hint of peach and cocoa powder are evident on the palate, and the long, warm finish has a welcome touch of wood spice.”

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