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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Review


Look at the bottle for 5 seconds. Now you should know why I picked this up. In the bright, fluorescent light in the LCBO, this looks absolutely magnificent. It makes everything around it look like crap, like their containers were washed in feces, then dragged through pebbles across the ocean floor, then washed in feces again. The bottle feels unlike any other bottle I have held in my hands - it is delicate, yet it packs a punch. Its contents are 45.2% alcohol. The large bottle does not even have that label on the back so it looks even better. The only problem with buying a larger bottle is the price - $46.95 for the 750 mL and $24.95 for the 375 mL. I only wanted to try this bourbon. If there was a sampler bottle, I would have bought that one. Enough stalling, I want to drink this.

The bourbon is deep golden in color. The bourbon has strong, slightly sweet caramel aromas with hints of vanilla, very intoxicating. Oh boy, you really feel the 45.2% with this one. The body is slightly thick and smooth. Sweetness and a slight spicy bite on the tongue. The finish is medium with a nice, warm feeling and slight hint of vanilla. Great tasting bourbon, very warm and satisfying and the bottle is an absolute pleasure to look at.

Scores:
Cost - $24.95 CAD for a 375 mL bottle, $46.95 for a 750 mL
Taste - 8.2/10

Overall - 8.2/10...great aroma, great taste, great finish, but I would go for Maker's Mark if they had smaller bottles. A 750 costs the same, but offers a little something extra

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