Review: Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon

Woodford Reserve is a near-ubiquitous brand on the back bar of virtually any drinking establishment, and if you’re in a bind it’s a solid go-to bourbon when you’re unsure about the rest of the booze on offer. This Kentucky Bourbon is a hot 90.4 proof and benefits greatly from a healthy splash of water, which helps to coax out some sweetness from an otherwise racy, spicy, and oak-heavy whiskey. Vanilla comes along in the finish: Straightforward, solid, and decidedly non-shocking.

B+ / $28 / 

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  1. Zorp September 10, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    That’s so funny you said “decidedly non shocking.” My go-to bourbons are generally Wild Turkey 101 or Four Roses Single Barrel. Compared to the hearty rye punch those two offer, Woodford Reserve seems downright mild.

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