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Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Straight Rye

This bottle was labelled #3031 from Batch 0887 and bottled at 45.2% ABV.  The nose was very nice, herbal tea with mint and sweet vanilla notes.  The mouthfeel is fresh, light and oily, bittersweet on palate with more vanilla, candy, black coffee and dark chocolate.  The finish has peppermint, wood and grassy rye notes.  With water it gets sweeter, even honeyed, while heat builds in the finish with chilli spiced dark chocolate.  Overall very delicious; a light and subtle of straight rye.

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  • Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:32

    The Kentucky Bourbon Trail... Pt 1

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    I have finally got round to writing up Day 1 of my trip to Kentucky and have posted links to the distllery reviews.  I managed to make it to four distilleries on the first day, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Heaven Hill and Barton 1792 and I also got see the world largest whiskey barrel (which is the picture on this blog entry).   Best overall experience was probably Maker's Mark but Barton was "interesting" and generally there were lots of chocolates and bottling halls.

    Jim Beam: 

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/322-jim-beam

    Maker's Mark: 

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/323-makers-mark

    Heaven Hill: 

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/325-heaven-hill-bourbon-heritage-center-kentucky-usa

    Barton 1792:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/326-barton-1792-kentucky-usa

     

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