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Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve

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Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve: A Deep Dive into Kentucky's Finest

Woodford Reserve, crafted by the Labrot & Graham distillery, is a cornerstone of Kentucky Straight Bourbon.  Distilled with over 200 years of heritage, this expression embodies the rich history and smooth character of American bourbon.

A Legacy in Every Sip

The Labrot & Graham distillery, established in 1812, is the oldest operating distillery site in Kentucky.  This rich tradition is evident in every pour of Woodford Reserve.  The meticulous crafting process, overseen by skilled distillers, uses time-honoured techniques to create a bourbon of exceptional quality.

Tasting Notes: A Symphony of Flavour

Woodford Reserve boasts a complex flavour profile, a testament to its small-batch production and extended ageing process.  Here's a detailed breakdown to help you appreciate its nuances:

  • Colour: Rich amber, with a warm, inviting hue.
  • Aroma:  Woodford Reserve opens with a gentle wave of vanilla and toasted oak.  As it breathes, hints of caramel, baking spice, and citrus emerge, creating a harmonious and enticing bouquet.
  • Palate:  The first sip delivers a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, coating the palate with a delightful sweetness.  Rich notes of vanilla, toffee, and hints of cocoa unfold, intertwined with subtle hints of cinnamon and orange peel.  The oak influence becomes more prominent as the bourbon develops, adding a touch of spice and a pleasant dryness.
  • Finish:  Woodford Reserve lingers with a long, warming finish.  The oak character continues to play its part, balanced by the sweetness of caramel and a touch of lingering citrus.  The overall impression is one of remarkable smoothness and complexity.

Serving Suggestions: To Maximise Enjoyment

Woodford Reserve's versatility makes it a perfect choice for a variety of drinking occasions. Here are some suggestions to elevate your experience:

  • Neat:  For the purist, Woodford Reserve shines when savoured neat.  Pour a generous measure into a rocks glass, allow it to breathe for a few minutes, and appreciate the full spectrum of flavours.
  • On the Rocks:  A touch of dilution can unlock further complexity in Woodford Reserve.  Large ice cubes melt slower, minimizing unwanted watering down.  As the ice melts, the bourbon opens up, revealing subtle nuances.
  • Classic Cocktails:  Woodford Reserve forms the foundation for many iconic cocktails.  The Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Bourbon Sour are all elevated when crafted with this premium bourbon.  The rich flavour profile of Woodford Reserve complements the other ingredients in these cocktails, creating a truly balanced and delicious drink.

Food Pairings: A Perfect Harmony

Woodford Reserve's flavour profile makes it a fantastic partner for a variety of foods. Here are some suggested pairings to explore:

  • Savoury Dishes:  The sweetness and oaky character of Woodford Reserve pair well with rich and savoury dishes.  Grilled steaks, roasted vegetables, and mature cheeses create a delightful contrast and complement the bourbon's complexity.
  • Desserts:  For a decadent treat, pair Woodford Reserve with desserts that share similar flavour profiles.  Chocolate desserts, pecan pie, and crème brûlée all find a harmonious partner in this bourbon.  The sweetness of the desserts complements the oak and caramel notes of Woodford Reserve, creating a truly satisfying conclusion to a meal.

In Conclusion: A Timeless Classic

Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve is a testament to the rich heritage and expertise of Kentucky bourbon making.  Its smooth character, complex flavour profile, and versatility make it a must-have for any bourbon enthusiast.  Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a crafted cocktail, Woodford Reserve offers a truly rewarding drinking experience.

Experience the Legacy: Purchase Woodford Reserve Today

The General Wine Company is proud to offer Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve.  Visit our website or any of our stores to add this iconic bourbon to your collection and embark on a journey of flavour discovery.

 

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