Frosty Four Wood gets its name from its flavor influences, namely barrel finishing. Fully matured Woodford Reserve is put into three different cask types: maple, sherry and port. This secondary maturation lasts a few months. The barrels are then blended together and bottled. The frosty part of the name comes from the Polar Vortex of 2013. The original Master’s Collection Four Wood was exposed to the low temperatures, causing flocking, or mineral precipitation. The distillers used a filtration technique that resulted in a fruit-forward flavor profile.
The nose is rich and fruity. Dried fruit, sweet oak, and slightly burned toffee are the key players here. I’ve never smelled so much fruit in a bourbon. That fruit-forward profile also carries over onto the palate. In addition to being the dominating flavors, dried berries and citrus provide richness here. Cloves, corn, vanilla and toffee develop mid-palate. A spicy yet slightly drying oak shows up for the medium finish.
I like this one. It’s an interesting take on the Woodford Reserve profile. The port, sherry and maple cask finish really give this bourbon a fruit-forward, rich profile, which is not how I would describe the standard Woodford Reserve expression.