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Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve standard bottle

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pReview by @peanutaxis

11th Aug 2013

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Last night I was sipping some Slate bourbon. And it was great. I had it in a tasking glass and was enjoying it very much. But I can't do that with this whiskey, because it is too alcoholic.

Granted, it is a nice dram but it's not worth the money. With Scotch if you double the money you spend you really notice it. Not with [this] bourbon it seems. While I can taste that this bourbon is a cut above, say, a Wild Turkey, it's not much of a cut, it's not worth double the $$. Ill definitely go for a Wild Turkey next time.

But back to the alcohol. It perenially frustrates me it is the fashion to bottle whiskys at higher than 40% alcohol. I'm sure this can work with a more powerfully flavoured whisky - like some Islay malts, and maybe even something like Talisker - but it's just a pissing contest in my opinion, a marketing trap which many a 'connoisseur' is only too hyperventilatingly, arm-flappingly willing to fall into, convincing themselves that this whisky must be special. And because they're drinking it; hot-damn, they must be special too! Anyway, all of this leads to me sitting here with a whisky which tastes fine, don't get me wrong, but the nose, the aroma, is vile because all I can smell is alcohol.

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6 comments

peanutaxis commented

p.s. Yes I know you can add water. Firstly, this is just a pain in the arse, and secondly wouldn't it be far better for the bottler to do this? That way they can add authentic pure water, and ensure they add the right amount....No, even it's from a marketing perspective they intended it to be drunk like this, and that was a mistake.

6 years ago 0

broadwayblue commented

i'd rather get more alcohol in a bottle than less. having to add water to get more for my money is well worth it...not to mention the fact that the more alcohol the more flavor.

6 years ago 0

@SMC
SMC commented

This review is just bizarre. You're probably the only person on Earth that wants the bottler to add more water, especially with Bourbon. Pretty much all 80 proof bourbon is watery enough for most people that they either avoid it entirely or mix it. Maybe whiskey isn't for you.

6 years ago 0

peanutaxis commented

broadwayblue: It's not rocket science. The more alcohol in a bottle, the less they water it down, the more they charge. May as well have it at drinking strength with appropriate water added rather than your tap water, not to mention the trouble of doing this.

SMC: Your entire statement is undermined by the fact that this bottle is NOT 80 proof!

6 years ago 0

@SMC
SMC commented

I know it's not 80 proof. My point was that if it was watered down as you want, it would be 80 proof since legally it can't be any lower.

There is no universal drinking strength, better to have to add water because there's no way to add alcohol. The rest of us shouldn't have to give up higher proofs because you're too lazy to make a drink.

6 years ago 0

peanutaxis commented

SMC. You are special. You must be, because you're drinking whisky above 40%!

5 years ago 0

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