Brewer wrote:I assume that the barrels pictured here that you guys sampled was produced at Woodford Reserve. Given that, please relate your various impressions of the uncut, unfiltered pot still whisky. Do they ever plan to bottle and release any of their product that is made exclusively at WR? What was the very young whisky like?
One of the things I found out was that Woodford Reserve is unfiltered in that there is no chill or charcoal filtering. The barrels are dumped into a trough with series of screens and then the bourbon goes through four paper filters about a foot square. This is just to get out all the solid particles.
We did a LOT
of tasting. White dog of Woodford Reserve; Early Times, Old Forester, and Jack Daniels, and of course the bottled expressions.
When we compared the Woodford white dog, five weeks young, and the eight year old barrel samples the differences were dramatic. I liked all of them! The amazing thing was the amount of color the five weeks old whiskey had. The Woodford warehouse was designed and built to be cycled. The heating works!
There is so
much copper contact with this whiskey and you can easily taste it. I like it when it has matured as in the example of our eight year old sample. I thought this could easily be bottled as a single barrel.
Chris did tell us that there is a bourbon collection in the works at Brown-Forman. Just what it will consist of and what the names will be is still up in the air, but it's something we can all look forward too.