Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    12,622

    Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    Later this month, Woodford Reserve will roll-out of the latest whiskey in the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection. Since I know how much everyone here at Straightbourbon.com enjoyed the first Woodford Reserve Master's Collection whiskey, Four Grain, I wanted to let you know right away.

    They aren't telling what it is but provided a pretty big clue. The roll-out is being done at two locations, the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Kentucky and an undisclosed location in Sonoma County, California, where Brown-Forman owns several vineyards. Taking a big leap, I'm guessing a Chardonnay-finished bourbon.

    I'll let you know.

  2. #2
    Guru
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Eastern Pennsylvania
    Posts
    2,823

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    Why screw up an already mediocre bourbon with Chardonnay? Doesn't sound very appealing to me. I didn't like the 4 grain either.
    Joe
    Colonel Joseph B. "Bourbon Joe" Koch

    "Bourbon.....It's cheaper than therapy!!"

  3. #3

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    Unlike BT's Chardonnay finishes of 6 and 10 years, I believe this one is in the 6-month range.
    Tim

  4. #4
    Guru
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Northwest of Peoria
    Posts
    4,437

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    I would be more excited about a wine finish if it was a Shiraz, Cabernet or even a port wood finish.

  5. #5
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    1,597

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    I would also be interested if it was something to do with Shiraz or Cabernet, but not Chardonnay. If it is the red, I better get my hands on a bottle of four grain just for the hell of it. I always wanted one, but since I joined this forum it has changed my mind! I don't think I have heard a positive thing said about it, but if there are going to do different releases in the "Master's Collection", I may have to just get them all.

    Bourbon is fun!

    Scott
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra

  6. #6
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    618

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    I have not had the opportunity to try any bourbons finished in wine casks, but when it comes to scotch I find they don't appeal to me. The only wine-related casks that complement scotch, and likely any whiskey, for my tastes is sherry. For example, I love the Glenmorangie Sherry Wood 12 yr, but none of their other wine-woods. It just seems to me the wine is fighting with the scotch rather than complementing it.

    But again, this is just my tastes, and bourbon may be different in that regard.

    Mark

    I love him whose soul squanders itself, who wants no thanks...for he always gives away and does not want to preserve himself.
    -Nietzsche


  7. #7
    Taster
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    88

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    This type of experimentation is inevitable, and maybe something great will be discovered, another type of bourbon. But in the meanwhile there will be floundering and flops, and as bourbon fans, it is simply our duty to call it as we see it and enjoy the ride. Even if a chardonnary-finished bourbon doesn't immedietely appeal to me, it seems more interesting than the latest flavored tequila or vodka.

    I wonder... if you HAD to make a chardonnary-finished bourbon, what type of chardonnary would you try, what size cask, for how long would you guess to age it, and what type of bourbon would you use for the base?

  8. #8
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    618

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    I agree completely. I'm glad there's people out there with the capital to try such experiments, and I'm certainly willing to buy a bottle to try it out - if only I could get my hands on one, e.g., the BT experimentals.

    As for Chard? A big, fat, buttery chard like Lewis comes to mind, or maybe Sonoma-Cutrer for something less expensive.

    Mark

    I love him whose soul squanders itself, who wants no thanks...for he always gives away and does not want to preserve himself.
    -Nietzsche


  9. #9
    Bourbonian of the Year 2006
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Rockland County, NY
    Posts
    1,937

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    In response to Hightower,
    I find that batch #2 of the Four Grain is much better than batch #1.
    I'm still not a fan, but its palatable, and in some ways like a scotch blend.
    That's the most positive thing I can say
    Colonel Ed
    Bourbonian of the Year 2006

    Comissioned by Paul Patton, 1999

    "It ain't the booze that brings me in here, it's the solace it distills"

  10. #10
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    12,622

    Re: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

    I suspect it is Sonoma-Cutrer, a Brown-Forman brand. It fact, the reason I suspect it will be a Chardonnay finish is because I suspect Sonoma-Cutrer is the winery where they're having the west coast roll out.

    (Read my original post to see what I know and what's speculation.)

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Woodford Reserve
    By mythrenegade in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 39
    Last Post: 02-04-2007, 07:36
  2. Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Four Grain
    By cowdery in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-30-2006, 12:04
  3. Woodford Reserve
    By MurphyDawg in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 06-02-2002, 15:34

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top