The Bourbon that’s been making history for more than two-hundred years.
There has been distilling on the Woodford Reserve Distillery site for more than 235 years, making it the oldest Bourbon distillery in Kentucky. Now owned by Brown-Forman — one of America’s largest wine and spirits companies — it has been refitted and set to expand. Since the beginning, the folks at Woodford have been influential in the development and codifying of Bourbon production. In short, they helped invent the spirit as we know and love it today.
We do not have enough room here to list all the awards and accolades. People just LOVE Woodford Reserve Bourbon. We do too. But let’s be perfectly clear… there are definitely some higher end Bourbons out there. Heck, Woodford has a few top-end offerings that are wonderful. But when it comes to that magic combination of producing a high-quality Whiskey that consistently tastes great, has superior mouth-feel and texture, smells like the tears of angels, AND is affordable to most folks as a daily dram… Woodford Reserve is hard to beat.
SmartAss Corner: Woodford Reserve Distillery is named after the county where it’s located. But two-hundred odd years ago, founder Elijah Pepper named the distillery after his son, calling it the Oscar Pepper Distillery.
What does Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey taste like?
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.
So smooth. My favorite . . . Lesser expensive bourbon. I can drink it all night.
Not a bad bourbon. Personally I prefer the double Oaked. I find this one isn’t quite as smooth.
Tasty Whiskey, not too much wood flavor, Real smooth for Whiskey!
I think this is the most well known premium bourbon for a reason. Feels like I get the full flavor profile. Vanilla, orange, cherry. Maybe it is my experience with this bourbon, but it’s the gold standard.
Very good smokey taste
This is my go-to drink. Straight. It never disappoints.
Very caramelly and zesty. Solid fun.
peppery smell with a hint of sweet spice. When sipping it is a warm drink and smooth not enough smoke/oak for my liking, but the price makes up for that this is on to bring out when you have a bunch of "friends" over 6 star rating but since I do keep it stocked i give it a seven!
One of my favorites! Smooth with a great taste
My favorite for an Old Fashioned!
Wonderful bourbon! I’m still highly partial to WR Double Oaked... but this over an ice cube or neat is sipping joy. It is neither harsh nor complex. Smooth with just enough flavors to keep you coming back for more. I do recommend Double Oaked if you want something a bit more flavorful though. 👍
I believe this will be my new go to bourbon.
I've generally not been too impressed with Woodford. It's good bourbon but until this one none of them really stood out to me. Thought this was fairly smooth and sweet with a nice finish.
My favorite bourbon so far. Still developing the palate to understand why.
Classic bourbon. So smooth, but you do pay for the name.
My go to bourbon.
My everyday bourbon of choice.
Dark Amber/ Red color with medium thick and slow tears. The nose is floral sweet with notes of honey, toffee and licorice, like being at a fair.
The taste has fruity sweetness up front that transitions into candy sweet before delving into a more spicy and woody flavor. The mouthfeel was creamy and delicate and the finish was short and smooth with notes of black pepper, oak, caramel and toffee.
A classic and very enjoyable bourbon!
Great all round taste a go to
My go-to bottle of bourbon when on budget.
Super sipping bourbon. I’m newer bourbon drinker, but this is always my go to!
Bourbon. Whats not to like??
Very smooth and creamy finish
It's not revolutionary or a standout, but it is a solid/reliable Bourbon. It has an enjoyable flavor profile and is better than a lot of others at that price point. While it's not something I would personally crave to sip neat, it makes a decent gulit-free old fashioned or manhattan and has enough variety in the notes to play well with several different types of bitters.
A very fine bourbon. Perfect, of course, for use in a seasonal mint julip, or to enjoy neat. Just the right sweet undertones to warm you in winter thinking of spring, or to enjoy on a nice day in the sun. As someone who usually switches to Gin in the summer, this is one of the few bourbons that have year round staying power.
Everybody loves this very smooth- vanilla and caramel nose. Not overly complex and no real heat
Solid entry level bourbon
kind of overpriced for the flavor profile.
Very good bourbons for the person starting out, all three are different in their own rights and readily available. I think maybe $37 is a tad overpriced but it’s the convenience factor. Overall pretty good I’d say.
Always top notch pour with a great finish
My main whiskey, hands down a favorite!
One of my favorite bourbons. Small bite but, smooth finish.
Really nice balance. Nice with the block or straight. Silky smooth
Love this whiskey
My fiancee is not a bourbon expert, so she bought this for me because she liked the way the bottle looked. Maybe I'll trust her to buy me other whiskeys based on that (!) as this is among the best-tasting bourbons I've had. Smooth, silky, caramel-ly... I can't imagine putting ice or water in it.
This is my go to whiskey, it sets the bar for standard whiskey in my house.
My favorite to make a Manhattan or drink straight.
Liked the oakiness
once you taste it, you get addicted,
This is the bourbon that got me into bourbon. The right balance of sweetness and a smooth finish.
This is a good solid bourbon that is a go to when needing a basic delicious bourbon. Or go to for one that is not too pricey.
The best bourbon i have tasted!
Must-drink in USA.
Good for a classy celebration or a really bad day, just a nice drink to mellow out with
Smooth, strong notes of cheery, great after taste.
Super smooth, rich caramel flavor. Has a nice finish with just a little bit of bite. Hands down my favorite ‘everyday’ bourbon.
Love it love it , very smooth with lots of caramel
Very nice finish. Love the taste.
Solid bourbon that never disappoints
Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Lots of caramel up front.
Great bourbon (especially for the price) that can be used for cocktails or sipping.
Smooth with citrus notes
My go-to Bourbon. Very sweet and smooth.
Initial smells of vanilla. Tastes of raw honey, vanilla and earth. Sherry finish.
Loved the taste.
My got to bourbon. Great for Manhattans or Old Fashioneds. Smooth enough to go neat or with a cube.
Little bit to sweet for my taste
One of my favorites at its price point. It's a bourbon that will never let you down. A must for every bar and newcomer.
This was my first bottle ordered on Flaviar and I must say it is excellent. I enjoy a good bourbon or scotch but I am not good at giving taste reviews. I will say that this bourbon is very smooth and I enjoyed every last drop.
My first bourbon and forever my favorite.
This was a very delightful drink smooth and good tasting
Very good taste. Easy to drink.
My go to drink on airplanes. Very good for a “big” name distillery
A bit of a bite but one of my go to drinks. For the price you can’t beat it.
It’s are second favorite to date.
Tough to beat regardless of price. (But the price here is on the high side.)
Really love the flavor of this bourbon.
A lot of people love it especially for its price point. The color is amazing. I find it a little harsh and it's not balanced to my likings. Great value for when I need a fix.
Great for sipping. Smooth.
Great Bourban for the price!
It's just such a simple, good drinkable bourbon. We always have it in the house. it isn't the greatest but it sure is better than average and for a good price.
Strong caramel flavors and good body.
Good all around house bourbon
My go to bourbon.
Not a fan; price does not match the value
A solid bourbon at the $35-40 price point. Very well balanced.
Good go to bourbon
Perfect neat but also great in cocktails. So smooth with a great nose, great vanilla and caramel notes, and a smooth finish. A very good bourbon to keep in the home bar.
A very smooth sipping bourbon. Served on Delta Air Lines.
I always have a bottle on hand. One of my go to's.
medium and smooth
One of my go-tos.
Pretty much my go to
My current go-to for Bourbon. A little sweeter than I'd like, but smoother than most.
Nice and smooth. A little bold, but not over powering. Comfortably warm finish. It's good for sipping when the old timers come visit.
Very Smooth, pairs wells with a splash of anything. Even better neat.
goto. good taste
Enjoyed on the rocks. Found it to be quite bold.
Great sipping whiskey.
A little smoke up front with a good bit of spice. Then toasted nuts and caramel.
Nearly perfect. So incredibly smooth.
Strong oak and smoke flavor, nice sweet aftertaste.