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Woodford Reserve Rye

Took some getting used to

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

6th Dec 2020


  • Nose
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  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose: dried herbs. A bit earthy. Oak char, and some sweet spices, mainly cinnamon. Stewed apples. A complex nose combining bourbon and rye characteristics. Some exotic Indian spices start coming up with time, as well as vanilla.

Taste: hot and sharp on the palate. Quite a mouthful actually. Peppery to the point it almost stings the throat. Not smooth by any means. At first I found a pronounced herbal bitterness, like biting into a grape seed. I find this flavour a bit in Woodford bourbon as well, and it put me off initially. But after half the bottle (mostly used in cocktails), I'm coming around to it.

Finish: bitter at first, but as that clears there are sweeter notes and anise and apple.

Balance: serves as a good reminder why rye whiskey can be an acquired taste. A bit of a wild ride here which took some getting used to, but on closer inspection I found a lot to like about it.

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RianC commented

@Megawatt - Thanks for this honest and insightful review. I have a bottle that I'm yet to open but expected something more subdued and less edgy. I might like this quite a bit based on your notes although that pepperyness might be a bit much.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@RianC This review serves as a reminder of how wide batch variation can be. My bottle of Woodford Rye wasn’t very spicy at all. I was looking for a lot more bite than this delivered. I found it closer in character to a high rye bourbon.

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Megawatt commented

@OdysseusUnbound certainly batch variation, but also palate diversity. It would be peculiar if we all interpreted flavours and aromas the same way.

I also thought "high-rye bourbon" at first taste, but when sitting down to analyze it the rye character became much more apparent.

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