Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye

(0.75l, 45.2%)


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Another superb, chocolaty experiment in Woodford’s Master’s Reserve Collection.

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.

Woodford’s Master’s Reserve Collection is their high-end, limited edition release. Beginning in 2013, each one is an experiment in Whiskey-making… each one is unique… and all Whiskey fans look forward to it with great eagerness. And that tasty tradition extends into 2019 with Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Chocolate Malted Rye — the fifteenth in the series.

When you toast grains the flavor profile starts to change. The natural sugars AND proteins combine in different ways, developing sweetness and complexity. It’s more than “just” caramelization. Toast the grains too long or too hot and it gets smoky. Toast them just long enough at just the right temperature and it gets chocolaty. That’s what they did here — the mash bill is 70% corn,15% chocolate malted rye, and 15% malted barley. And they bottle it at a near perfect 45.2% ABV.

Smartass corner:
Rye grains are relatively high in protein — as much as 15%. When you heat sugars and starches alone you get caramelization. When you dry-heat sugars in the presence of certain proteins you can get a rich, complex, and aromatic browning called The Maillard Effect.
  • Category
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    45.2%
  • Distillery

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cherry
cocoa
biscuit
chocolate
spicy notes
coffee
pecan
burnt caramel
woody
What does Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye taste like?

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Corner
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rich Warm Bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas are rich and delectable with notes of mocha-espresso, roasted pecan, caramel, and warm mixed woods.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is refreshingly different with toasted rye bread, cocoa powder, dried cherries, and shortbread biscuits.

Finish
The finish is long and chocolaty-good.
Ratings & Reviews
Ben
Ben,
Unique. Chocolate. A little overpriced but a great pour.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Gorgeous color and a chocolatey nose. Aromas of an 80% cacao bar with the slight bitterness of baking chocolate. Hits hard straight out of the bottle, so give this rye whiskey a few minutes to blow off before you dive in. I tried it neat at first and if you dip your tongue in and take a small sip, you'll acclimate your palate to the heat. From then on, it's a chocolatey & spicy soiree of yummy goodness. Has some Italian Espresso notes too. The finish is looooong and pleasant with a warming back palate that lasts and lasts.
 
guest
guest,
My favorite! A wonderful chocolate finish!
 
Mark
Mark,
It’s nose is so much powdered cocoa, then the palette flows first into the cocoa before getting lost in an almost bitter oak on the mid palette that was not pleasant. The finish went back to a nice cocoa powder with a touch of baking spices. Would not replace this bottle
 
Robert
Robert,
Excellent. Glad I was able to find a bottle. I expected it to have more chocolate flavors than I got at first but the second sip did deliver a little more. You also get the toasty notes and it's exceptionally smooth. Will drink my bottle on special occasions as I probably won't find another bottle
 
Alex
Alex,
Like this release a lot. Main flavor is cocoa powder. Pairs amazing well with a lot of cigars. Definitely worth picking up if you can find it.
 
Chris
Chris,
Good oak start with a hint of smoke finished smoothly with a light woody chocolate
 
guest
guest,
Chocolate
 
Derek
Derek,
Very rich notes of chocolate, caramel and oak. Great stuff.
 
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