Woodford Reserve‘s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is, as you’d guess, distilled in Woodford County, in north-central Kentucky.

The perfectly balanced taste of their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of more than 200 detectable flavor notes, from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes. This is where the magic takes place…

Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve

So what is it that they do at Woodford to make it so special? Funny you should ask that! This video shows how every stage of fermentation and distillation has a unique character which adds quality and distinctive flavour.

Distiller’s Select is the Woodford Reserve Bourbon that you should be considering as a Christmas present. Currently for sale at Tesco for a ridiculously low £25, this is a great idea for those considering something different for a Christmas present.

Woodford Reserve

I’m approaching bourbon as a whisky fan but, having recently written about the differences between bourbon, whisky and whiskey, I’m interested to see how it compares to the whisky I know.

Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve’s Distiller’s Select is 43.2%ABV and aged for at least two years. It’s sweet, spiced and smooth. Like all bourbons, it can be drunk over ice (the purist’s way), with a mixer or it makes for a wonderful cocktail ingredient.

Woodford Reserve

Alternatively, a small splash of distilled water is enough to bring out the flavours. The Woodford Reserve website’s tasting notes are pretty comprehensive:

Nose: Heavy with rich dried fruit, hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa. Faint vanilla and tobacco spice.
Taste: Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa.
Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound.
Finish: Silky smooth, almost creamy at first with a long, warm satisfying tail.

Woodford Reserve

Bourbon is a sweeter beast than whisky, but there’s enough cross-over to keep a dram fiend like me happy. At about 2/3rds of the price of a similar sized whisky, this is a good alternative for a fan of spirits keen to expand their palette (and their cocktail cabinet)!