American Adventures – Woodford Reserve 43.2%

The Whisky Ladies American adventures last whisky of the night represents a proper Kentucky bourbon – Woodford Reserve.

It seemed a fitting close to our American whisky evening…


Woodford Reserve (2015) 43.2%

Batch 133, Bottle 1814, bottling date 05/2015, Lot Code 2020964

  • Nose – Honeycomb, cinnamon, toffee,
  • Palate – Bannana cream pie, sweet spices, mellow
  • Finish – A slight burn then mellows into sweetness

We found the nose far richer than the palate, with it being a bit average. A few comments included “Mild and cuddly” and “Very inoffensive” with a sigh of “No spark”  and gasp – “Watery.”

Clearly our ladies prefer their drams with a bit more oomph!

When sampled solo later, I realized this was in large part as it was overshadowed by all the whiskies that proceeded our tasting. On its own, it is a classic bourbon – which isn’t for everyone’s taste but is a good representation of what Kentucky has to offer without the harshness found in some.

Here is what the folks over at Woodford Reserve have to say:

  • Appearance: Clean, brilliant honey amber.
  • Nose: Heavy with rich dried fruit, hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa. Faint vanilla and tobacco spice.
  • Taste: Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound.
  • Finish: Silky smooth, almost creamy at first with a long, warm satisfying tail.

There is also some debate out there to what extent there is batch variation. Some have found earlier  batches much more robust, well-rounded than current batches.

Having only tried Woodford once before… and that to long before recording any tasting notes… can only say this isn’t bad but isn’t something to make me run out and buy.

I do wonder if it would make a brilliant base for some experimental American style cocktails. Perhaps for another evening!

Other whiskies sampled in our American evening included:

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Whisky Ladies go on an American Adventure…

This wasn’t our first flirtation with American whiskies… nope we had an earlier evening combining some whisky standards in cocktails. However that night there was only one American single malt (Hudson).

For this evening, we planned three whiskies which somehow morphed into five bottles and a jar – funny how that happens with these ladies!


In this case we managed to get our hands on:

The Whisky Ladies debated the whisky tasting order for our American adventures and finally decided to split the evening between single malts – moonshine – bourbons.

Then came the question of which whisky to start our evening off with… given Pine Barrens is known for being geared towards beer drinkers, we thought it a rather fitting start!

From there we moved on to Colorado’s Stranahan’s which… ahem… reminded us why we don’t tend to be big American whisky fans.

Followed by the lovely Westland Sherry which reminded us to stop being such whisky snobs and simply enjoy a good dram!

Break time with the Ole Smoky – dutifully drunk straight from the jar. It felt like we were channeling our inner “Mellie” Grant with her moonshine stashes all over the White House (Scandal).

Then we cracked open the AD Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon, pronouncing it rather yummy, partly as it isn’t a typical bourbon.

And finally closed our evening with a proper bourbon – the Woodford Reserve.

Other American adventures:

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