Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Woodford Reserve: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select
Woodford Reserve is a go-to Kentucky bourbon of mine.  It has a pretty nice balance between overall satisfaction, price, and shelf appeal.  The nose is heavy on the oak with grass and hay coming though more than vanilla.  At the tip of the tongue you get the flavors of charcoal from the burnt oak barrel.  It reminds me of a summer barbecue, which might be why I like it so much.  It is fresh and clean throughout the mouth and the fresh cut grass remains through the low and slow finish.  The flavors linger a bit in a pleasant way like sweet honeysuckle on the palate.  Jeremy and I had the Woodford Reserve at 82 and 83, but Eric and James's scores took the average down a bit.  Still, the whiskey is a nice one to have on the shelf.  Enjoy!

Woodford Reserve

Average Score 75.75

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. WW is created and rated by the hosts of Raise a Glass. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own propriatary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

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