Woodford Reserve has put a new twist on its Master’s Collection, the sixth of which is scheduled for release any day now.
A pair of rye bourbons — bottled at 92.4 proof — constitute the “Rare Rye Selection” in a pair of 375ml bottles. The difference in the two whiskies comes in the manner of maturation.
Although both bottles are 100% rye recipe and both are triple distilled, one has been aged in a new, charred cask, the other in an aged cask.
Says master distiller Chris Morris, “Globally, whiskey is presented in a wide range of flavor profiles. There are two distinct types, or families, of whiskey flavor — Old World and New World. The ‘Rare Rye Selection’ affords you an opportunity for a side-by-side comparison.”
The process in the Master’s Collection is to change up one of five flavor sources — grain, water, fermentation, distillation and maturation — each year. Altering even one creates a new flavor profile.
Prior releases were Four Grain, Sonoma-Cutrer Finish, Sweet Mash, Seasoned Oak and Maple Wood Finish.
The new release will be sold at a suggested retail price of $99.99 for the two 375ml bottle set.
[Go to Dowd’s Tasting Notes for my evaluation of the two whiskies.]
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