Classification: Straight Bourbon
Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery/Brown-Forman Distillery
Release Date: March 2021
Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
MSRP: $130 (2021)
Pecan pie | Confectioner’s sugar | Semisweet chocolate | Thick oak
Marshmallow | Graham crackers | Semisweet chocolate | Charred oak
Robust oak | Leather | Dark berries | Very mild tannins
It was quite exciting when Woodford Reserve finally released their Batch Proof Bourbon in 2018. Unfortunately, a lackluster showing and high price tempted the excitement rather quickly. With a few batches now behind them, Woodford released their highest proof yet in 2021 - and boy what a difference it makes.
With the company in love with the 90.4 proof point, any chance to taste Woodford’s bourbon at a higher proof is always a tantalizing prospect. Despite being only a few proof points higher than some prior Batch Proof releases, 2021’s release of 128.3 proof is impactful. From its delightful s’mores focused palate, to its robust and thick sweet oak running throughout, this year's Batch Proof finally hits the mark. If you’ve shied away from this $130 barrel proof bourbon that never quite felt like a limited release, this is finally the year that it makes a case for its price...and a spot on your shelf if it's not too late to find a bottle.