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Woodford Reserve Batch Proof (2022 Release)

CAPSULE REVIEW

Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Brown-Forman

Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery/Brown-Forman Distillery

Release Date: July 2022

Proof: 118.4

Age: NAS (Aged at least 4 years based on TTB regulations)

Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley

Color: Mahogany

MSRP: $130 (2022)

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NOSE

Pecan pie | Dark maple syrup | Blackberry | Heavy charred oak

palate

Leather | Raw pecan | Coffee | Dry oak

finish

Dark chocolate | Coffee | Charred oak | Allspice | Slightly astringent | Medium-long

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Settling into a darker and more robust zone than past releases can be a tricky affair.

Woodford is back over a year later from their last release in their Batch Proof line. These releases have had their ups and downs and 2021’s was notably one of their best. It’s a shame this is such a limited product. Perhaps it helps justify its inflated price, but with so many companies offering their products at high proof and readily available to consumers, it's unfortunate that more can’t experience Woodford Batch Proof.

This year’s release is quite a bit different from last year’s. Decidedly less sweet, the bourbon is full of coffee, dark chocolate, and pecan notes. Thick layers of charred oak are strung throughout, leaving behind a dry mouthfeel. This release is much darker and robust than previous releases and fans of this particular style will enjoy it. With the lack of fruit and sweet notes, the bourbon can come across as one-sided with its heavy focus on dark flavors. Woodford continues to explore new areas of their bourbon at a higher proof and while many are brash affairs forgoing much refinement, they’re never boring. Once again, 2022 follows this trend.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric

August 12, 2022
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