Woodford Reserve adds to Master’s CollectionBy Alice Brooker
Brown-Forman-owned Woodford Reserve has released its limited edition Five-Malt Stouted Mash, the 17th bottling in its Master’s Collection range.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon was awarded World Whisky Brand Champion 2021 by The Spirits Business this year, and the American brand has released its latest innovation to global markets.
The Five-Malt Stouted Mash is said to be a ‘rich and darkly robust’ expression of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey.
“Five-Malt Stouted Mash is an expression unlike any other we’ve released before,” master distiller Chris Morris said.
“The rich, roasted malty stout flavours mingle with bright touches of baked fruit, crisp spices, and orange zest for a unique Woodford Reserve experience.”
In Kentucky, a fermented grain mash is traditionally called ‘distiller’s beer’, with distillation converting the liquid into whiskey once barrelled. The Five-Malt Stouted Mash contains flavours of a traditional heavy-style beer.
“Woodford Reserve’s distillery was constructed by Irish stonemasons in 1838,” explained master distiller Elizabeth McCall. “That history, plus the fact that we distill in the ‘Irish’ style with triple pot stills, inspired us to mash and distill this year’s Master’s Collection.”
On the nose, the whiskey delivers dusky notes of roasted malt, toasted nuts and sweet hints of chocolate. The palate presents flavours of hazelnut, baked fruit, spice and zest, with a malty finish of cocoa.
The 750ml bottling clocks in at 45.2% ABV, and is available in global markets for US$129.99.
Earlier this year, the brand partnered with home retailer Williams Sonoma to produce a range of cocktail mixers.