The whiskey gets its name from the fact that it touched four different kinds of wood throughout its aging and finishing cycles. The process was quite uncommon but showcases Woodford’s desire to experiment with flavors and outcomes. Master Distiller Chris Morris took a batch of fully mature Woodford Reserve bourbon, which, of course, is aged in an American Oak barrel. He then finished it in barrels made from maple wood, sherry wood, and port.
The product was created for the 2012 Master’s Collection release, called Four Wood, but Morris held back a few barrels for further experimentation, and they were exposed to record-low temps during the 2013 Polar Vortex. The extreme and abnormal chill resulted in flocking, or mineral precipitation, which leads to a more fruit-forward whiskey that pops from the first taste.
Color: Rich orange honey.
Aroma: Full, with rich holiday spice notes and a dried fruit medley (fig, raisin, dried cherry, dried apricot) character with hints of maple syrup and coffee.
Flavor: Warm and full-bodied with dried fruit character that layers over a nutty, spicy range of honeyed oak and maple syrup.