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22nd January, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

15: Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition

Woodford Reserve’s new Baccarat Edition moves premiumisation in American whiskey up to another level.

The expression, which is priced at US$1,500, is the first Bourbon to be housed in a luxury Baccarat crystal decanter, and is one of only a few Bourbons to be finished in ex­-Cognac casks.

According to Mark Bacon, global brand director for Woodford Reserve, the brand’s partnership with Baccarat “elevates the category of American whiskey in the global market”.

Master distiller Chris Morris finished the Bourbon in a variety of XO Cognac casks for three years, conscious that the wood should “enhance” Woodford Reserve’s core characteristics.

Speaking to The Spirits Business last year, he described the launch as the “first step in a long line of this style of finished expression”.

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