Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Woodford Reserve
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 45.2%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • cherry
  • cocoa
  • biscuit
  • chocolate
  • spicy notes
  • coffee
  • pecan
  • burnt caramel
  • woody

Woodford Reserve

Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye (0.7l, 45.2%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

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Character Goatson
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 Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Woodford Reserve
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 45.2%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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.
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  • cherry
  • cocoa
  • biscuit
  • chocolate
  • spicy notes
  • coffee
  • pecan
  • burnt caramel
  • woody
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.

Pinhook’s high-proof Bourbon won Gold at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while the Straight Rye Whiskey won Double Gold the following year. In 2021, their Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year and the 2021 Flagship Bourbon won a Gold Medal each, with a Double Gold going to their Tiz Rye Time Vertical Series 5 Year. Pinhook is evidently doing something right!

Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.

Pinhook’s high-proof Bourbon won Gold at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while the Straight Rye Whiskey won Double Gold the following year. In 2021, their Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year and the 2021 Flagship Bourbon won a Gold Medal each, with a Double Gold going to their Tiz Rye Time Vertical Series 5 Year. Pinhook is evidently doing something right!

Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
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