Great job convincing the good folks at BT to do this, Mr. Veach.
I tell you what, for all the crap BT gets for dropping age statements, raising the prices of premium brands, etc. Good for them for experimenting like this and trying to give us something like the bourbon of the good 'ol days (not that I've had that much bourbon from the good 'ol days, yet). I know they aren't mass producing it yet, but still.
Maker's Mark and Woodford Reserve are using a 110 barrel entry proof. Jimmy Russell will not say what the barrel proof is on Wild Turkey and I know it has gone up over the last two decades and I suspect it is also 110. Four Roses is going into the barrel at 120. The Old Taylor is going into the barrel at a proof closer to 100 than 110.
That is a good question about the Woodford. I suspect that it is just the ones that are made at Woodford, but I don't know that for sure. I will find out tomorrow since I am doing a Woodford Bourbon Academy with Chris tomorrow.
Low barrel entry proof can be achieved by a low proof off the still or by adding more water. Woodford comes off the still at near the maximum of 160 proof. Wild Turkey comes off the still at 130 and goes into the barrel at 115. Beam actually has the lowest proof off the still to my knowledge, with Baker's and Booker's, which come off at 125 and go into the barrel that way, with no water added. So Turkey has a lower entry proof, but Beam has a lower proof off the still.
Good points Chuck.