5 SOURCES OF FLAVOR ARE ONLY THE BEGINNING
All bourbon is created using the same five sources of flavor, but Woodford Reserve does something special with all five. Our whiskeys are crafted through an artisanal process that creates bourbon rich in complexity with a distinct taste and crisp, clean finish.
Our grain recipe includes 18% rye, which is high for a bourbon. Rye is an expensive grain, but worth the investment as it allows our whiskey to have a spicy character.
We use iron-free limestone filtered water, which is full of rich minerals that will become key in the following step as we continue into our special fermentation process.
Our fermentation process is among the longest in the industry. It creates a great depth of character and a complex range of flavors.
The perfectly balanced flavor of Woodford Reserve comes from a careful batching process of whiskey distilled in pot stills and whiskey distilled in column stills. No other whiskey can boast such a flavor combination.
To qualify as bourbon, Woodford Reserve must be entered into new, charred, white oak barrels. That’s why we build and char bourbon barrels at our very own cooperage. After filling, barrels are transferred to a heat-cycled warehouse until mature, where they are selected based on flavor, not age.