Review #247: Woodford Reserve Straight Wheat Whiskey


Review #247: Woodford Reserve Straight Wheat Whiskey

Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery

Proof: 90.4

Age: NAS

Mashbill: 52% Wheat, 20% Malted Barley, 20% Corn, 8% Rye


BACKGROUND: Woodford Reserve Wheat Whiskey is the newest addition to the Woodford Reserve line. Master Distiller Chris Morris decided to add the wheated to the lineup to complete the 4 styles of American whiskey, each with a different grain, bourbon, rye, wheat, & malt.


NOSE: Light & bright, on first whiff, notes of wheat, brown sugar, vanilla, hay, & light oak scents. As time goes on the vanilla becomes more prevalent lined with notes of caramelized green apple, & pears. (20/25)


PALATE: Bright notes of wheat grain and vanilla coat the inside of your mouth with a sweet oaked spice. As for the mouthfeel itself it was quite dry and thin. As the sweets fade a fresh oak flavor lightly but fades quite quickly. (29/40)


FINISH: Light and quick, as the oak and sweets fade, cracked pepper, oak, and apple notes start to play hide and seek until a peach vanilla are left fading into nothing. (20/25)


VALUE: The MSRP is $35, which is right on par for what you get. This is a perfect bottle to make cocktails or to bring out when casual whiskey drinkers want something to try. (6/10)


Overall: 76/100


FINAL THOUGHTS: Woodford Reserve Wheated falls right where it should be, a good whiskey that can be broken out to make a cocktail at any time for a great price. This is a bottle that I will most definitely try to keep on my shelf.


Scoring Legend:


96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: near perfect, there is something truly incredible about this whiskey

85-89: amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this in my collection

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there that holds it here

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers or after already having a few

50-59: Not my cup of tee, would try to give away

Below 50: not for us


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