What's in a name? Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon whiskey is called whiskey because it's produced in America. Were it from Scotland it would be spelled Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon whisky, rather than whiskey.
The nose is quite thick and creamy. There are notes of honey and spice, leather, a touch of cocoa, a little smoke, toasty oak and vanilla cream with a hint of butterscotch. The palate is thick and full. There are notes of espresso beans, winter spice, cereal sweetness, plenty of rye, ground ginger, almond oil, toasty oak and a little rum. The finish is long and mature with notes of cereals and toasty oaken spice.
Absolutely lovely - just what a great bourbon should be. Deep taste, smooth as southern soul music and lingers long in the memory. I actually woke up the other day yearning for a taste of this - slightly concerning. There is some citrus and wood, a touch of smoke, and a full, classic mature bourbon taste. Feels like America. And I can absolutely recommend the Maple Finish expression if you can find it. It's a dream of a bourbon and I'm rationing myself to a drop once a week, as I'm not sure if I will find it again.
1st October 2014
I totally lost my heart here!
26th September 2014
This is my absolute favorite PERIOD.
15th September 2014
Got it for my birthday, and opened it straight away. Wonderful nose and taste.
12th September 2014
New to Bourbon - have only tried the clichés JD and Jim Beam to date - but this is a revelation. Smooth, tasty, and inexpensive. A great sipping whiskey. I would recommend with a drop of Angostura bitters on ice...just lovely.
31st August 2014
I usually drink single scottish malts.
Woodford is as good as any Scottish malt. Excellent, wish I'd tried it before. I'm 67 and like the previous reviewer relaise what I have missed.
Take it straight with an ice cube.Very smooth. Great to chill out with at the end of the day.
6th August 2014
I'm 61 and the biggest problem with Woodford Reserve is that i never tried it until this year. I just didn't know what i had been missing. Oh my misspent youth. Dang, that makes me wonder if maybe i should have shopped around a little bit more before i got married!
21st July 2014
I was searching to find if anybody else had recently got a bad bottle of reserve and found the review below. I love this bourbon and opened a bottle 2 weeks ago to get hit with the smell and taste of rubbing alcohol. I contacted Woodford and they responded very quickly with a request to get the bottle so they can analyze it. Will see what happens.
14th June 2014
I'm a cigar smoker and love my woodford with it. Compliments each other. I'm a neat drinker and love the flavor and smell.
6th June 2014
I go plenty on the nose citrus, vanilla, slightly burnt caramel, first sip some burn and almost iodine peatiness which doesnt last long, then vanilla and oaky butterscotch. great long sippin whisky. smelling the empy glass was like toffee very pleasant
23rd May 2014
Absolutely undrinkable. Nose: ethanol, actually burns and makes your eyes water. Horrible varnish turps stink.
Taste: Varnish. Hint of butterscotch. Semi unpleasant but very long finish of nuts and banana.
Cost: way too much. This is not worth £30/$50.
19th May 2014
2nd April 2014
My first proper bourbon, really smooth to drink. If the nose was a glade plug in, it'd be all over the house.
28th February 2014
Smokey, oak, butterscotch and apple which is mellow and has a light alcohol scent which is pleasing rather than assaulting
It has Generous flavor, complex and smooth all at the same time, Buttery and oaky, hints of apple and spices
It is Perfect sipping whiskey to relax with after a long day. Almost no burn, the finish is long and delightful. This whiskey is, in my opinion so rounded, clean and balanced I would be hard pressed to find a better one for the price, I’m extremely pleased! This is one to have on hand at all times -BeerandWhiskeyHQ
20th January 2014
We were introduced to WoodFord Reserve at Thapar's party. The stuff belonged to Robert, and before he could reach the party his bottle was opened by other guests and the way Robert felt when he saw his bottle being ripped he was shattered.....so I actually realised the love he had for WOODFORD RESERVE.
18th December 2013
For me, this is all about the finish. I found the palate quite watery with not much to it, but wait a while and all of a sudden, there's an explosion of vanilla sweetness.
For the price, this is a great whiskey.
11th December 2013
This is simply the best bourbon I've had to date. I pick up a bottle of this superb bourbon every October and head to a beach for fall break. The salt air and Woodford on the rocks is an incredible combination.
18th September 2013
A co-worker brought a bottle of Woodford Reserve to the summer picnic at my boss' house. I had been exploring whiskey, looking for something that I actually enjoyed neat. After trying a shot, I decided to add a bottle to my own collection where it sits in front of the Elijah Craig, Four Roses, and Eagle Rare. Truly a masterful Bourbon, easy to sip and enjoy neat or on the rocks. Just please don't waste in on a mixed drink!!
24th August 2013
Really like this tipple, excellent for an old fashion. The nose is long and pointy, with notes of brown sugar and Friday night bbq. The taste starts fruity with hints of lemon and black grape followed my mellow sunflower seeds, 15 day old orange with clove and very small hint of raspberry. not to be missed.
23rd August 2013
Tried this wonderful Kentucky Bourbon and was truly surprised by the smoothness and depth of flavor, as well as a glorious finish. Nose: Carmel, butterscotch , and an almost 'anise' aroma, flowed by spice and pepper. Taste: Spicey, Vanilla, and a whisper of smoke, followed by a burst of crisp mint and fresh ginger with virtually no heat on the throat. Finish: for me, there was further rich, toffee-vanilla, followed closely with a burst of summer peach that lingered in the mouth a good half hour. Incredible Kenntucky Bourbon and goes head to head with my usual favorite - Blanton's! Will definitely add this to my home bar.
21st August 2013
I like it so much I'm making a detour on my return trip home from KC to stop by and see where this stuff I's made.
5th August 2013
I have tried numerous bourbons and I can say that woodford on the rocks is one of the or thee best out there.
This is great stuff! It is very easy to drink and entertaining for all levels of whiskey connoisseurs. If you want one of the best bourbons, look no further
13th May 2013
Really popular bourbon and justly so, full of character and very versatile. Agree with the chaps at Master of Malt - makes an excellent old fashioned, enjoyable on its own, and great value for money. Nose: Dense, creamy, charred oak. Vanilla sweetness. Treacle and spice with a dash of leather. Palate: Nicely rounded, with a good hit of spice, toasted oak, sweet rye and a good nutty coffee. Almost syrupy. Finish: Good length, rather sophisticated with more of that sweet rye and toasted oak. Vanilla rounds off with just a lingering touch of spice and fine leather.
18th April 2013
Had this at a bar a week ago and is the best bourbon i tried so far. It's got a nice pop-corn taste to it.
2nd April 2013
Still my favourite bourbon. Not an outrageous price. A simple, old fashioned bottle design and an elegant yet masculine drink for the grown ups. Smooth and well rounded. Drinks like Chuck Norris in a top hat.
6th March 2013
Still my favourite bourbon. Not an outrageous price. A simple, old fashioned bottle design and an elegant yet masculine drink for the grown ups. Smooth and well rounded.
Drinks like Chuck Norris in a top hat.
I tried this after drinking many other bourbons. I was quite impressed. My friends ,and family, all thought it was a great bourbon.
10th February 2013
This has to be my Favourite Bourbon so far to date. It is smooth and classy. i could drink it all day. Im young and English so love whisky but if i fancy a change il have this. Another thing to thank the Americans for!
(Shhh don't tell them i said that or your never here the end of it!)
17th January 2013
Despite being a high rye bourbon, the spice wasn't very forward. I found it all rather rough on the back of the throat, too. I only have the sample, and perhaps what I ate earlier this evening is affecting the taste, but I think this quite inferior to the van Winkle I sampled last night. Karl
9th October 2012
Now I know what my grandfather would call "sippin whiskey" is. You can do a shot of any whiskey but this stuff you want to savor...
28th September 2012
I really liked this after trying gentleman jack and buffalo trace. Just seemed that slightly higher quality to me! Very good bourbon IMHO
20th September 2012
Woodford and Pappy van Winkle are the best-bourbons you can have!!
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12th September 2012
I was a bit of a bourbon novice when I came onto this site and the first bottle I bought was Woodford reserve, based on the recommendations. They are all right, this is a wonderful bourbon, especially if like me, you are just starting to get a taste for the finer tipples that are out there
17th July 2012
Reall, I have yet to try a better Bourbon. This has smoothness, taste, bite and class. Highly rated.
26th May 2012
The best bourbon !!!
18th April 2012
I can't rate this bourbon highly enough. It is sweet, gently on the palate and throat with practically no alcohol burn as it slides gently down. It's almost like the creme caramel of whiskeys, and if you've never tried it - treat yourself! Oh, and as a little extra to make you (or the person you're gifting it to) feel special, you can even register your bottle with the distillery.
5th January 2012
Really enjoyable when sipped neat, Butterscotch and smoothness comes through.
30th October 2011
My Dad couldn't say enough about this s**t ;)
9th June 2011
For the money, the best bourbon you can buy.
5th December 2010
I was introduced to Woodford Reserve while at the K.Derby 6 years ago. My father was a Old Grand Dad man and before he passed away the ultimate intro to Woodford, he said he never knew Bourbon tastes so good on the rocks. My Favorite as well as other Bourbon drinkers I turned it onto.
3rd December 2010
Lovely, it almost feels like an Angel urinating down your throat, mellow yet full of flavour and a noticable absence of heat on the way down and unlike most Bourbons it's also not throaty at all, if a premium Bourbon is your thing, then this is for you, Oh, and if you're rich enough, contact the company as they also do bespoke blends that are different from the Distiller's Select.
26th December 2009
I like this with a couple of ice cubes (no more or you ruin it!) and like to sip it slowly. I lived in Kentucky and this stuff is like nectar! lovely stuff.
6th October 2009