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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Review

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye We use Woodford Reserve Straight Rye as our house pour rye for the last year or so, it’s got a decent back bone and stands up in classic rye based cocktails, but I have never got really into it in depth straight up as I always use it for mixing, so this should be interesting.

The mash bill consists of 53% rye, 33% corn, and 14% malted barley, quite low for a straight rye.

Initially I just presumed I was a big fan of this dram, but after tasting it straight for the first time in a while I found it was a bit flat compared to when had it straight last. But after letting it breath and giving it a bit of time, it got a hell of a lot better. You need to give this one a chance don’t judge it on first taste. Although not ground breaking, it’s still a pretty decent dram.

You can pick up a bottle at Master of Malt to try for yourself.

Thanks to Barry from The Whiskyphiles for this sample.

Tasting Notes & Details


For want of a better phrase initially damp oak on the nose with clove and cardamom, dry powdered chocolate powder but not quite as sweet with sugar-coated almonds.


Firstly, the spice comes through a lot more than expected (thank god), you can almost taste apple and pear crumble with winter spices and baked fruit, followed by fresh mint


The Finish is long with spiced caramel ending up with a lingering tartness not forgetting some dried banana chips

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye
Age: NAS
ABV: 45.20
Distiller: Woodford Reserve
Bottler: Woodford Reserve
Type: Rye
From: USA, No Defined Scottish Region
Posted: 30/10/2017 by Callum

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