Woodford Reserve is now in the rye whiskey game. There was an indicator a couple of years back when they released rye whiskey as part of their annual Master’s Collection. The reviews I read about it were mixed, but the excitement mostly came from the anticipation of a rye whiskey from Woodford Reserve. The bottle is the same as Woodford Reserve bourbon. The only difference is the green label at the bottom. As with its bourbon brethren, this rye whiskey also has a batch and bottle number.
Woodford Reserve’s PR firm sent me a small review sample. The rye spice in this whiskey is nice. It comes across on the nose, and it should: Woodford Reserve Rye contains 53% rye in its mash bill. I also get some clove, vanilla, black pepper and light brown sugar. The rye also comes across on the palate along with caramel and honey. It has a long sweet honeyed finish. Bottled at 90.4 proof was the right call. It’s a nice sweet spot – not too thin and watery but not too hot. Very balanced.
Priced at $38, slightly higher than their bourbon, Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey is a delicious sipper. As of the writing of this post, Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey is only available in several markets in the United States, but I expect it to spread to the rest of the country soon. Recommended.