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    Woodford Reserve question

    Hello,

    I came across a supply of Woodford Reserve at a nearby booze store and was wondering what y'all thought of it. I've only heard of it mentioned once and no nothing about it. It's priced in the premium range, $45 for a 750ml bottle, same as Knob Creek. (Just FYI, Quebec is the black hole of bourbons. The selection here is usually very poor.)

    My taste leans towards Wild Tukey, Bookers, Knob Creek, and fermented gasoline. I tend to shy away from the lighter, sweeter bourbons.

    Any opinions of the Woodford Reserve would be most appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    Never mind. I found the BOTM thread about WR and the comments were not great.

    I'll pass.
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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    Woodford is a full-flavored bourbon, in the area of 5-6 years old. It is a mingling of bourbon made in small pot stills, the more traditional type of still (also used to make French Cognac and Scots malt whisky), and the larger, more efficient column still which is in the industry norm.

    Some people consider that Woodford has a "grainy" or "metallic" taste which derives from the pot still element. I enjoy it occasionally and like some here, I find each bottle tends to be a little different. Bourbon cannot be duplicated 100% each time because it is a result partly of natural and changing conditions. No two barrels will impart the exact same wood taste, for example.

    It isn't inexpensive but I'd say it is worth the price especially in a market where bourbon selection is weak. Usually Jack Daniels Single Barrel is available in such markets and that too is a good buy, of course Jack is not bourbon but Tennessee whiskey, a related type.

    Gary

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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    Hey Gary,

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll consider the bottle, but I'm apt to pass on it. I'm sure it's good, but the problem is everything (advertising) I've read about it since I posted said it's Great!, but the people here say it's just good or ok. Hard for me to spend $45 on a bottle that I'm likely to be disappointed with. I'd rather put that $45 towards a bottle I'm sure of.

    I paid $50 for a bottle of Ewan Williams Single barrel a few months back and was very disappointed. Far too light and sweet for my taste. My buddy bought one as well and had the same opinion. I don't want to "waste" another $50 on an unsure product.

    Thanks. Enjoy your Saturday.
    My woman, sure. My chainsaw, maybe. My dog or my whiskey, never.

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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    I consider Woodford Reserve to be a solid. excellent product. In this area the 1.75ml bottle is found as low as $49 and as high as $79. I like Woodford so much I keep a bottle around all the time. An excellent replacement or adjunct to Woodford is Old Forester. If you like Old Forester you will certainly like Woodford Reserve.

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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    I like WR, but based on the products you like, there is a good chance you won't like it. It's made to be a little softer, a little milder. It is closer to Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve than it is to Wild Turkey 101. That's why it has been so successful, because it is easy to drink, but somebody more accustomed to and preferring bolder and more robust flavor might very well find it bland.

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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    Is it possible to like the mineral, metallic toned down tastes of Bourbons like Woodford Reserve and Makers Mark and at the same time very much enjoy a vibrant fiery Rye Whiskey or the burn of a gulp of Wild Turkey 101 proof? Am I odd in that I seem to like them all? hmm? I like quality no matter how it comes to me. I can see the beauty in the hand work of a master distiller no matter what whiskey is being made.

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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    The short answer is yes. I like the nice smooth quality of the PVWs, the Wellers and some others and then the reach up and grab you bourbons like Stagg, 2007 B-Day bourbon.

    The Wild Turkeys play this role for me as well.

    I have given up on Woodsford, Basil Hayden, FR Small Batch, and MM, but also Parker and Bookers. So you can judge for yourself.

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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    Spoke to my buddy last night, a guy with twenty-years of bourbon lifting experience, and tastes similar to miy own, and he said he had tried the WR and found it "Uh, it was ok." At $45 a bottle, I need a stronger reccomendation than that.

    Too bad, really. Was looking forward to something unusually tasty.

    The quest continues.
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    Re: Woodford Reserve question

    The real tragedy is that Canada's socialist liquor agencies don't bring in enough genuinely different American whiskeys to give you poor folks a decent selection. My best advice is, visit Chicago or, better yet, Kentucky. It's all here for you.

 

 

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