Woodford Reserve Classic Malt 2013


Type: Bourbon

Distillery: Woodford

Region: Kentucky, USA

Age: NAS

ABV: 45.2%

Average Price: $100

Peat’s Thoughts: I have long been a huge fan of Woodford, as it has always held a special place in my heart. When I left the college days of Jack Daniel and Jameson shots behind, it was either Jefferson’s or Woodford Reserve, before I found my home with Scotch. With that being said, when I saw this and realised Woodford made a malt whiskey, I had to try it. And well… I wanted to like this so badly. Really, I did. But I couldn’t bring myself to even finish the dram. No seriously. I literally handed it back to my bartender and told him I couldn’t finish it, to which he simply chuckled as he never expected me to like it. It almost tasted inedible, like old plastic. I mean… what?! Now, I know some distilleries take the liberty of experimenting with their whiskey in an attempt to expand their range, and with that experimentation, some releases are bound to be a dud, but I really would like to know why they decided this one was even worth bottling. And for $100 a bottle?! What were they even thinking?! Finn and Neat may disagree with me (they don’t). Hell, our readers may disagree with me (you’re welcome to), but I would strongly advise to stay away from this abomination and return to the beloved Woodford Reserve or the amazing Woodford Double Oaked Single Barrel. Those are much better representations of the distillery I love.


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