Flavor is a personal thing. Everyone creates their own unique flavor memory based on the different tastes and aromatics they have experienced throughout their life. So how many memories can you taste in Woodford Reserve? Tap each section of the wheel to explore.
The Flavors: Wood
Nutty, sometimes smoky flavors with an earthy background that are pronounced in Woodford Reserve during the fermentation and maturation processes. Wood flavors bring a lingering, hearty complexity the flavor profile of Woodford Reserve.
Understated, mellow sweetness and a buttery note when toasted.
Very nutty, buttery tones, can ride on vanilla notes nicely.
Sweet and nutty, balances out stronger or bitter notes.
An earthier nut with a bittersweet aftertaste when raw.
A fresh and light earthy note that opens in the nose.
Mild and round character of the wood barrels with a hint of smoke.
The Flavors: Spice
Lively and Bold flavors that add depth and complexity to the whiskey profile. Spice flavors can range from black pepper and clove to more savory flavors such as anise and spearmint. Rye is a robust 18% of the Woodford Reserve mashbill which adds to its complexity and balance.
A sharper, penetrating aroma with elements of wood and pine in the flavor.
Intense and pungent, clove can be sweet with a minty spiciness.
A sweet and woody fragrance with a hint of spiciness on the tongue.
Pleasant and fragrant bitterness with a deep, strong character in the nose.
Rich, earthy flavor with strong and pleasant aromas of leather.
Distinctive and earthy-sharp sweetness with an uplifting touch of a eucalyptus or menthol note.
Fresh and aromatic that brings a unique cooling sensation to the palate.
Bittersweet, fragrant notes of licorice.
Herbal can range from sweet to savory, and brings and earth freshness.
The Flavors: Grain
These are the backbone flavors of Woodford Reserve. They have an understated but pervasive presence that provide structure for the subtler notes that come from our different ways of manipulating the Five Sources.
A deeper grain flavor with range and nuanced sweetness.
Crisp with a spicy character. A hallmark flavor of Woodford Reserve due to our high rye content.
The Flavors: Fruit and Floral
Floral flavors are aromatic with a wide range of fruit, earthy spice, and herbs. They can be fragrantly rich in the nose and add piquant tang to the palate. They can also bring a fresh, open quality that balances out the richness of other notes.
Fragrant, lightly floral and a slight tang.
Subtle sweetness and a beautiful and fragrant aroma.
The deeply sweet undertones of cherry are prevalent and detectable amongst an array of flavors in our craft bourbon.
Earthy, rich, and deep fruit notes.
Softly sweet and tangy notes with a light carmelization when cooked.
Juicy and fragrant, lush and round tanginess.
A bit more shy than their red cousins, with a mild sweet to slightly tart flavor.
Refreshing and ripe succulence. Sweet but not tart on the tongue.
A crisp, sparkling sweetness that can carry some earth and spice notes as well.
Tart and bitter, with an underlying herbal sweetness.
Sweet and sour with an open and subtle fragrance.
Deeper, tart fruit flavor with richness.
Fresh, tart, tangy with a hint of herbal bitterness from the peel.
Sweet and juicy with a balanced and fresh tartness.
The Flavors: Sweet Aromatics
Sweet aromatics are velvet to the tongue. They can range from intense richness to subtle aromas. Just the right amount rounds off harsher notes of flavor and ties everything together. The sweet aromatic notes are imparted by the maturation process.
With a perfumed aroma, Vanilla is a unique flavor that calls to mind smooth and sweet background richness.
Sweet but with a slight tang of burnt sugar that adds a layer.
Lush with a background of earth and wood from the trees it comes from.
A brighter, golden sweetness with a lingering richness.
Delicate, lighter sweetness of the almond with a wider, candy richness.
Floral and smooth notes that bring a sweet lift to the palate.
Robust and slightly bitter sweetness with a wonderful complexity.
Want to learn how to taste these flavors first-hand? Conduct a simple tasting here.