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Woodford Reserve

Of the handful of Kentucky bourbon distilleries, Woodford Reserve is one of the oldest. A distiller named Elijah Pepper began producing small amounts of whiskey in 1797 in his little set up, just behind the Woodford County Courthouse in Versailles, Kentucky. His product was popular and it was not long before he required a more substantial premises. Elijah founded his new distillery in 1812, on Grassy Springs in Glenn’s Creek, not far outside of Versailles. Following Elijah’s death in 1831, his son Oscar Pepper hired Dr James Crow as the head distiller. Crow was a Scotsman and both physician and chemist. It seems he was also an innovator for he is credited with championing sour mash fermentation, a key process with regards to the consistency of bourbon. The distillery was then producing whiskey of wide acclaim and noteworthy devotees were the Kentucky statesman Henry Clay and the renowned author and illustrious stogieman Mark Twain. Oscar Pepper died in 1865 and in 1878 the distillery was acquired by whiskey broker, Leopold Labrot and his partner, the merchant James Graham, both hailed from Kentucky. Labrot and Graham extended the facilities and ran their business under the name The Old Oscar Pepper Distillery.

Save for closure during Prohibition, Labrot and Graham ran the distillery until 1940 when it was acquired by Brown-Forman Corp of Louisville. The distillery was intended to help the brand cope with the surge in demand following the abolition of Prohibition. Sadly, the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery fell into disuse shortly after, when smaller, artisan-style distilleries were deemed too costly and inefficient. It was not until 1994 that Brown-Forman repurchased the distillery; their dream now was to sell a handcrafted whiskey at the distillery credited with championing the spirit. They renamed it The Woodford Reserve Distillery in 2003 and credit Labrot and Graham on their bottles. There has been a long association with horseracing; Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of both the Breeder’s Cup and the Kentucky Derby.

In 2013, Brown-Forman announced that it was expanding the distillery by adding three new warehouses with capacity to store 165,000 barrels, a new bottling line and three new pot stills as part of a US$35 million investment, in order to meet the ever-increasing global demand for bourbon.

In a similar vein, in January 2015, Woodford Reserve revealed the third permanent addition to its portfolio – Woodford Reserve Rye.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

70cl, 43.2%

It's finally here - the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This expression begins life being aged in the same way as the classic Woodford Reserve, but following this, it…  More info

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
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$51.46
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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

70cl, 43.2%

The mashbill for Woodford Reserve features a high percentage of rye: 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt. Unusual also for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering the barrel where…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
133
$36.02
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Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 45.2%

Each year, the folks behind Woodford Reserve release an experimental whiskey as part of their Master's Collection. For 2016, they produced a bourbon which has finished in American brandy casks -…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Brandy Cask Finish
$105.94

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Cherry Wood Smoked Barley

70cl, 45.2%

Here we have the 12th release in the Master's Collection series from Woodford Reserve. The malted barley used in the mash for this particular expression was dried using the smoke from burning cherry…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Cherry Wood Smoked Barley
$127.13

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye

70cl, 45.2%

Woodford Reserve's Kentucky Straight Rye whiskey has made it to our shores! Produced using a mash-bill of 53% rye, this rye shows off its spice up front and balances it well with notes of fresh fruit…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye
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$44.41
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Woodford Reserve 2017 - Kentucky Derby 143 (1L)

100cl, 45.2%

A commemorative bottling of 2017 Woodford Reserve, to celebrate the annual Kentucky Derby. The artwork for the 2017 Run for the Roses bottling was done by the same artist as the 2016 bottling, Thomas…  More info

Woodford Reserve 2017 - Kentucky Derby 143 (1L)
$74.13

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Finish

70cl, 45.2%

From the brilliant Woodford Reserve Master's Collection comes a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir finished bourbon! A previous release from the series experimented with a Sonoma-Cutrer Winery Chardonnay cask…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Finish
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$127.08
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Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Classic Malt

70cl, 45.2%

Part of Woodford Reserve's 2013 Master's Collection release, the Classic Malt is made with 100% Malted barley and matured in used bourbon barrels (whereas the Straight Malt was matured in new oak…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Classic Malt
$137.77
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Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Style White Corn

70cl, 45.2%

For the tenth edition of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection, the distillers have taken a page from the history books to create a bourbon using white corn rather than your standard yellow corn.…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Style White Corn
$116.52

Woodford Reserve 2001 - Kentucky Derby 127

100cl, 45.2%

Woodford Reserve's annual Kentucky Derby special edition bottling from 2001, the third release of its kind.  More info

Woodford Reserve 2001 - Kentucky Derby 127

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Rare Rye Selection

70cl, 46.2%

The 2011 Master's Collection release from Woodford Reserve featured a very interesting set of two half-bottles of rye whiskey. One of the rye whiskeys was aged in a new American oak cask (akin to how…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Rare Rye Selection
$127.18

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Sweet Mash

70cl, 43.2%

From Woodford Reserve's experimental Master's Collection, this is a Sweet Mash, made with fresh grains, as opposed to previously used grains (sour mash - a technique used to maintain consistency).  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Sweet Mash
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Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Seasoned Oak Finish

70cl, 50.2%

Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection explores some rather interesting production processes. The 2009 release from the range is the Seasoned Oak Finish, which sees their properly excellent bourbon…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Seasoned Oak Finish
$127.18

Woodford Reserve Gift Pack

70cl, 43.2%

A gift pack of Woodford Reserve Kentucky straight bourbon. We've always loved the bottle, and now it's got got a beautiful box to match. Also, the bourbon is pretty darn special too. Triple distilled…  More info

Woodford Reserve Gift Pack
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Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Four Wood

70cl, 47.2%

This is the 2012 edition of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection - the Four Wood (nothing to do with golf). This was initially matured in American oak, then finished in a selection of Maple Wood,…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Four Wood
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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Gift Box

70cl, 43.2%

A rather handsome presentation of Woodford Reserve's Double Oak bourbon, which is initially matured in charred oak barrels before enjoying a second maturation in heavily toasted, lightly charred…  More info

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Gift Box

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