Woodford Reserve Master Collection Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon
The latest release in Woodford Reserve's popular Master's Collection, this Bourbon sets itself apart from just about every other on the market by utilizing a technique usually seen in the production of porter or stout beer. In this case, however, rye is the targeted grain instead of barley, being toasted long enough that it's natural sugars caramelize into strong dark chocolate notes.
The mashbill is 70% Corn, 15% Chocolate Malted Rye, and 15% Malted Barley. The nose is soft mocha, delicate caramel and roasted nut along with hints of cedar, soft oak and a touch of fruit. On the palate there is roasted rye grain, dry cocoa nibs and dark chocolate, spicing up a soft mocha character atop a layer of cherry fruit and toasted oak. The finish then triple-downs on the chocolate, and for quite a while. Bottled at 45.2% abv.