Woodford Reserve Rye

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12602
Woodford Reserve
USA, Kentucky
Kentucky Straight Rye
45.2%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Chill filtration - With
Average tasting notes Tasting notes
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Nosing
Fruit:
Spices:
Sweet:
Pear:
Vanilla:
Apple:
Pepper:
Oak:
Caramel:
Malt:
Nuts:
Wheat:
Herbs:
Rye:
Mint:
Peach:
Clove:
Heather:
Barley:
Cake:
Cinnamon:
Herb:
Tasting
Sweet:
Malt:
Spices:
Wheat:
Honey:
Herbs:
Fruit:
Clove:
Rye:
Oak:
Mint:
Caramel:
Apple:
Vanilla:
Oil:
Nuts:
Heather:
Pepper:
Nutmeg:
Orange:
Peat Smoke:
Seaweed:
Sherry:
Zitrus:
Maritime Notes:
Chili:
Alcohol:
Barley:
Cake:
Finish
Spices:
Sweet:
Malt:
Wheat:
Fruit:
Oak:
Herbs:
Herb:
Pepper:
Peach:
Rye:
Dark Chocolate:
Chocolate:
Grass:
Vanilla:
Apple:
Caramel:
Chili:
Floral:
Heather:

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17. Feb 2019
My recent interest in rye led me to explore some of the main brands, today Woodford Reserve from Kentucky, USA. With only 53% rye in the mash bill, it appears fairly tame and 'bourbon-y'. Sweet spices, caramel popcorn and herbal honey form the nose, mixed with pineapple, walnuts and hints of fresh wood. The taste is spicier, oak-driven and slightly spirity with notes of bitter oranges, cloves and mild pepper. Lingering wood spices and orange zest remain in the medium finish. A perfectly drinkable rye, but less punchy and bold than Rittenhouse.
RATING: 3.4/5.0 ≙ 82 pts
15. Jun 2018
Nosing: Pfeffer Minze
Very aromatic, black pepper, fragrant wood, menthol and fresh horseradish

Taste: Pfeffer Gewürze Muskat Nelke
Predominantly peppery and spicy. Cloves and nutmeg. That horseradish thing is back, it gets right up the back of your sinuses. Predominantly sweet but ends with a sour tang.

Finish: Gewürze
Long and spicy

Comment:
Got this as a tester for Rye whisky. I'd definitely say it was interesting, but not sure I'll be coming back to it. The nose is very interesting in particular. Mixed feelings on this one.
16. Mar 2019
Nosing: Vanille Eiche Roggen Süße baked Apfel (i.e., not a vibrant fruit; more subdued, even diluted)

Taste: Vanille Roggen and more than a touch of Alkohol

Finish: Eiche Roggen a lingering Süße and a musty (but pleasantly complementary) bitterness that comes across as Gras

Comment: Quite a long time in the glass before the rye makes its way to the fore on the nose. A great deal of sugar sweetness dominates out of the bottle, with the requisite oak spice intertwined.

As a whiskey, Woodford Reserve Rye is enjoyable. Strictly as a rye whiskey, however, it lacks the complex bite that distinguishes the style.
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09. Jan 2018
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Paul
05. Sep 2016