Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Maple Wood FinishNovember 2nd, 2010
Sometimes I think that maybe they’re trying too hard with these releases. I like the concept, but the impact of the finish (or whatever) in many instances with these whiskeys comes across as too much, like this one. Maybe adopt a more subtle approach in the future?
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Maple Wood Finish, 47.2%, $90
Finished in toasted maple wood. I love the nose on this: complex notes of rum, golden raisin, maple syrup, nougat, polished leather, and warming cinnamon. The love continues on the palate, but toward the finish the flavors turn a bit aggressive (leather, tannins), which somewhat tarnishes an otherwise exciting, well-orchestrated whiskey.
Advance Malt Advocate magazine rating: 82