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13 Gold Medals

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Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. The perfectly balanced taste of our 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.

Tasting Notes

90.4°

Clean, brilliant honey amber.

Heavy with rich dried fruit, hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa. Faint vanilla and tobacco spice.

Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound.

Silky smooth, almost creamy at first with a long, warm satisfying tail.

Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Explore the flavor wheel

Tap to explore the unique flavor breakdowns of each Woodford Reserve expression. Every whiskey has its own special Flavor Wheel reflecting the diverse tasing notes you’ll experience with every sip.

Grain

  • Malt
  • Rye

Wood

  • Almond
  • Cedar
  • Hazelnut
  • Oak
  • Pecan
  • Walnut

Fruit & Floral

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Cognac
  • Cranberry
  • Green Apple
  • Honey Suckle
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Rose Petal

Spice

  • Anise
  • Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Coffee
  • Herbal
  • Mint
  • Nutmeg
  • Tobacco

Sweet Aromatics

  • Brown Sugar
  • Butterscotch
  • Caramel
  • Chocolate
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Marzipan
  • Vanilla

Awards & Accolades

2018

Gold Medal

Class Bartender Awards

2016

Gold Medal

Whiskies of the World Awards

2015

Excellent, Highly Recommended

Ultimate Spirits Challenge

2014

Gold Medal

Whiskies of the World Awards

Gold Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2013

Double Gold Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2012

Best in Class, Gold Medal

International Spirits Challenge

Gold Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Ultimate Spirits Challenge

2011

Gold Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2009

Whisky Innovator of the Year

Whisky Magazine

Platinum Medal

SIP Awards

Best of Class, Whiskies

New York Spirits Awards

2005

Double Gold Medal

World Spirits Competition

2003

Gold Medal

International Spirits Challenge

2001

Double Gold Medal

World Spirits Competition

Gold Medal

International Wine & Spirits Competition

2000

Double Gold Medal

World Spirits Competition

1999

Best in Class, Bourbon

International Spirits Challenge