For the first time ever, Woodford Reserve has released a Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in their Distillery Series.
The Bottled-in-Bond Act was first passed in 1897 as a seal of quality for bourbon being sold before FDA regulations for any consumables were commonplace. The law lays out the qualifiers for a bottled-in-bond whiskey in simple terms: distilled at the same distillery by the same Master Distiller in the same six-month distilling season, aged a minimum of four years in a government bonded warehouse, and bottled at 100 proof.
Distillation at the Woodford Reserve property dates back to 1812—a full 85 years before the passing of the Bottled-in-Bond Act. Each year, the distillery releases three bottles in their Distillery Series, which was created by Morris to highlight creative expressions of the brand beyond their flagship line.
The official tasting notes for this bottle describe a nose of tropical fruit, apple, and grape brandy, with honey graham cracker crust, followed by a tart green apple pie, with cinnamon, and floral poached pear on the palate. Woodford says the finish has a dry apple peel note, and lingering sweetness.