Woodford Reserve Maple Wood Finish
Added on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 06:51 PM
  Bottler: Brown Forman
  Age: N/a yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 47.20 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $90 Availability: Better Stores
The 2010 edition of Master's Collection, finished in barrels made from sugar maple wood.  18,282 bottles.
Member Ratings and Notes
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The nose on this is like a sweeter version of the basic Woodford.  The palate has a combination of sweet and briny notes.  The Woodford medicinal notes are there but are brightened up by the sweetness.  I don't detect much maple flavor, just sweetness.  It's more log cabin syrup than pure maple syrup.  Some bitterness lingers on the finish.  It's fine but nothing exciting. 
Tim
 

N: Close to regular Woodford - definite banana and marzipan, some maple syrup. Lightly vegetal, corn and raw sugar. 

 

P: Light mouthfeel - very sweet, brining up turbinado sugar and corn, settling down with some toffee notes. Fairly warm, some grain and earth notes, light wood but slight bitterness and astringency. Moderately dring, with a medicinal note (more Robitussin than Chloraseptic).

 

F: Reasonably light, alcohol, butterscotch, slight earthiness and low-grade medicinal. Maraschino cherry early. Turbinado sugar throughout.

 

Of all the Master's collection, this one shows the least influence on taste. It's fine, slightly sweeter, but not overtly objectionable in that direction. Since I don't have a strong preference on taste vs. the standard Woodford, it comes down to price, and that's clear-cut: Go with regular Woodford.  

 
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