October 16, 2017: Versailles, KY— Woodford Reserve announces the latest Distillery Series expression: French Oak Cask Finished Rye. The Distillery Series includes seven different expressions and showcases Woodford Reserve’s continued commitment to providing an unmatched whiskey experience through innovation and craftsmanship.

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Following the 2017 release of Blended Rye and Toasted Oak Rye, French Oak Cask Finished Rye is the final expression of a triplet of Distillery Series rye offerings released this summer.

Developed by Master Distiller Chris Morris, French Oak Cask Finished Rye is a unique batching of the rye mash distillate used in the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Aged Cask Rye that matured in French Oak barrels for three years. The French Oak barrels originally held Pinot Noir before they were seasoned with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. This combination produced a soft, fruit-forward rye with hints of baking spices.

“This expression, compared to the previous two, is by far the fruitiest of our rye whiskey Distillery Series offerings,” said Master Distiller Chris Morris. “Fruit characteristics are atypical for a rye whiskey, making this tropical and citrus dominant blend a very unique expression.”

French Oak Cask Finished Rye is available for purchase at the Woodford Reserve Distillery as well as select Kentucky retailers. French Oak Cask Finished Rye is presented at 86.4 proof with a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375ml bottle. The Distillery Series expressions are small batch offerings ranging from finished whiskies to straight bourbons and other unique spirits.

Tasting Notes for Woodford Reserve Distillery Series French Oak Cask Fished Rye

  • Color: Light Honey.
  • Aroma: Buttery shortbread with hints of nuttiness and Kiwi fruit coated with drizzled honey resting atop a plank of toasted cedar.
  • Taste: Brown butter and honey brushed on grilled pineapple
  • Finish: Finishes like a mouthful of soft Key Lime Pie.
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  1. I only drink Woodford Reserve Bourbon. I’m from Kentucky but I live in Florida now. I heard about the new French Oak Cast and I would love to order two bottles.

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