If you’ve been following along with our Beginner Bourbon Series you may be well aware and patiently awaiting the release of our top Beginner Bourbons. The wait is over and we are going to be steadily releasing them over the next two months with our tasting notes for each one as well. If you’re looking to get your bourbon collection started off on the right foot we hope that you follow along, and even chime in with tasting notes of your own in the comments below. Pour a glass and enjoy the ride with us and share your notes as well. We would love to see what similarities or differences we can come up with in our tastings.
The Woodford Reserve Distillery is a national historic landmark that has been distilling bourbon dating back as far as 1812 in beautiful Woodford County, Kentucky. The distillery has changed hands and ownership over the years, and most recently restarted production and refurbishing in 1993 and the Woodford brand was introduced in 1996. According to Woodford Reserve themselves this bourbon boasts over 200 detectable flavor notes. It is a readily available, affordable premium bourbon that in our opinions at the bourbon lodge is a must have for any bourbon shelf and a great building block for your bourbon collection.
My neighbor, Bourbon Ben participated in this tasting with me. Our notes are listed below.
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon
Age: No age statement
Label Batch: 2243
Bottle #: 3637
Price: Locally I can pick this off the shelf for $38.15, frequently cheaper.
Nose: Right off the bat I noticed floral notes. I also notice a good amount of apple, some smoke, and some vanilla.
Color: Light caramel.
Taste: I always get an overwhelming sweetness with this bourbon. Tastes of vanilla, with a hint of red apple and honey.
Finish: A long smooth finish. Hints of a pepper bite as the finish starts.
Notes: With Woodford Reserve the smoothness always stands out. It’s extremely well chosen and well mixed by master distiller Chris Morris.
Bourbon Ben's Notes
Nose: Caramel corn, spice, cinnamon, vanilla, nostalgia.
Color: Caramel fawn, light mahogany.
Taste: Vanilla, pumpkin pie, spice, caramel, apple.
Finish: Very smooth finish.
Notes: Very good bourbon neat for moderately experienced bourbon drinkers. Serve over ice or with a splash of water for beginners. pairs well in cocktails. Great bourbon.
- This bourbon is extremely consistent and easy drinking.
- It comes in at a great price. Again consistently under $40 at $38.15 and frequently cheaper when on sale.
- Readily available. I’ve never walked in and been unable to find this bourbon at any of my stores. It is such a good bourbon for as available as it is.
This is one of the first bourbons I drank seriously for enjoyment. This bourbon has nostalgic qualities for me. Extremely good bourbon at the price to build your collection around.
As always feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Pour yourself a glass and share your tasting notes with us. We look forward to hearing from you. Cheers.