Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select, 45.2%

Price: $35 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

The same mashbill as its sister brand Old Forester, Woodford Reserve is an unknown combination from Brown-Forman's Louisville and Versailles distilleries. There's no age statement, but Woodford is around 7 years old. The key here is balance. One note never overtakes the other; nutmeg, mango, baked apples, cinnamon, blueberry pie, and vanilla seem to walk in perfect harmony. Then we find the gingerbread, caramel, and vanilla jumping into layers of smoke and spice.