I think we sometimes forget that the Master's Collection is Woodford Reserve's experimental program, releasing a new experimental product every year.
John Hansell broke the news about this year's Maple Food Finish Bourbon on July 16. I kept quiet because several months ago Woodford offered me an exclusive, for WHISKY Magazine, to reveal the next eight
or so years of the Master's Collection releases. I submitted the story about six weeks ago but wanted to preserve the exclusive for the magazine, which is now out so I feel free to talk about it.
The full story is in WHISKY Magazine Issue No. 89, publication date October 2010 (but it's out now).
The 2010 release is, indeed, mature Woodford Reserve bourbon finished in toasted sugar maple barrels. As with all Master's Collection releases, it is 100 percent pot still Woodford. Sadly, my exclusive access did not include a taste of this one, but it did include tastes of some of the other works-in-progress.
I've posted the full list on my blog here
, but of course it's in the magazine too.