Woodford Reserve has announced the 2019 Master’s Collection Batch Proof Bourbon.
Batch Proof, first released in 2018, is an extension of the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection line, all limited releases meant to showcase the brand’s creativity.
This year’s offering clocks in at 123.2 proof, and is uncut, unfiltered, and straight from the barrel. The mash bill, barrels, and aging process for this release are the same as the standard 90.4 proof Woodford Reserve bottlings. These barrels are then batched and bottled at barrel strength rather than being proofed down.
“Most people do not get to experience the intensity of the aromas and the smoothness of the whiskey at a higher proof point. With this innovative release, whiskey lovers will have the chance to taste Woodford Reserve the way the masters taste it,” Master Distiller Chris Morris said in a press release this morning.
The distillery’s tasting notes include a nose of “rich oak, overripe banana and marzipan, with hints of orange oil dusted graham cracker and dried cherry.” On the palate, we’re told to expect “dried apricot drizzled with rich dark chocolate layered over toasted hazelnuts and coffee with faint flavors of cinnamon and clove,” and “a long finish of spearmint and sweet cedar wood.”
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Batch Proof Bourbon is hitting shelves soon at a suggested retail price of $130.