Classification: Straight Bourbon finished in XO Cognac casks
Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery / Brown-Forman Distillery
Release Date: October 2020
Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Color: Light Copper
Aged oak | Leather | Dark berries | Plum | Musty | Rich aged notes
Sugared figs | Aged leather | Light syrup soaked cherries | Raisins | Mouthcoating | Clear cognac barrel influence
Dry oak & leather | Touch of spice | White peppercorn | Mild compared to the rest of the sip
Woodford Reserve Baccarat Bourbon is composed of standard Woodford Reserve Bourbon that has been aged an additional three years in XO Cognac casks from France, according to the company’s press release. It is bottled in a handmade crystal decanter that took five days to create in Baccarat, France. As has been done in the scotch and cognac world for years, it’s this piece of Baccarat glass that is very valuable thus driving up the price.
To my surprise, there is no denying that the bourbon inside is actually really good. The extra time in the cognac barrels really enhances the Woodford bourbon that was used and elevates the overall sip to an extremely enjoyable pour. It’s a shame that Brown-Forman didn’t make this part of the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection so that more people would have a chance to try it.
Is it worth the $2,000? No, not unless you're a collector of Baccarat decanters or just looking to pick up an extraordinarily expensive bottle. That said, if money is no concern to you, you won’t be disappointed. Just be aware that while Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition is really good, it also won’t be the best whiskey you’ve ever tasted.