I’ve not made it a huge secret that Woodford Reserve and I don’t get along.  By and large, their standard offering leaves a metallic flavor in my mouth that is off-putting, and their current Distillery Series hasn’t been able to escape that flaw either.  In addition to that, their Master’s Collection of limited edition offerings has ranged from almost drinkable to atrocious.

The Double Double Oaked from the Distillery Series was solid until the finish, but past that, I’m left with the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and the Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey as the only passable option in the entire lineup.

I’ve sampled the Rye Whiskey on several occasions, and I actually like it.  It’s not the best Rye on the market, but it’s solid enough, and with the recent ballooning price of all American Whiskey’s it’s not even that far out of whack in price.  So seeing the new Distillery Series label that came through the TTB today actually has me a little interested in a Woodford Product again.

Toasted Oak Rye.

Master’s Collection Rye rebarreled in heavily toasted barrels.


According to the label, we can expect it this spring.  It’s either going to be a nice, interesting twist on a rye, or it’s going to be horrid.  I think that’s worth a taste.

Woodford Toasted Oak Rye

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and the President and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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