Woodford Reserve Rye is the third permanent line extension to join the brand’s portfolio, which includes Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. And in crafting this new rye, the distillery aimed to complement and emphasize the spice characteristics found in the original Woodford Reserve Bourbon. To achieve that goal, the rye sports a base of 53 percent rye grains, a relatively modest sum that results in a balanced, subtle whiskey.
“Time and time again, we kept hearing requests for a rye,” said Woodford Reserve Brand Director Jason Kempf. “We’re excited to give our fans something they’ve been so vocal about for so many years, and that is finally ready to share with them.”
You can score a bottle for yourself soon, but in the meantime, see below for some tasting notes from Woodford.
Color: Rich honey.
Aroma: Spicy with distinct notes of rye, black pepper, cedar and cassia bark sweetened with a dusting of marzipan. Hints of pear, apple and almond dance in its depths.
Flavor: Clove, rye, mint and honey mingle together with hints of apple and malt.
Finish: Long and sweetly spiced.
Woodford Reserve Rye will hit shelves in February with an MSRP of $37.99 for a 750ml bottle. It will be in select markets including: California, Colorado, DC, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.