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Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Batch Proof Bourbon (Spring 2021 Release)

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Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Brown-Forman

Distillery: Woodford Reserve Distillery/Brown-Forman Distillery

Release Date: March 2021

Proof: 128.3

Age: NAS

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

Color: Mahogany

MSRP: $130 (2021)

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NOSE

Pecan pie | Confectioner’s sugar | Semisweet chocolate | Thick oak

palate

Marshmallow | Graham crackers | Semisweet chocolate | Charred oak

finish

Robust oak | Leather | Dark berries | Very mild tannins

uniqueness
value
overall

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.

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 23, 2021
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