Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Straight Malt, 45.2%

Price: $100 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Much darker in color than the Classic bottling (also reviewed this issue), as is expected. The nose warns of a wood-whelmed whiskey: dark, bitter wood notes, with a caramel underlay. The mouth is much hotter than the Classic bottling, with bold oak spice in the front and a gooey caramel/toffee sweetness underneath…only it's not as good as that sounds. It's all rather one-dimensional, including the hot oak finish. An interesting lesson in wood, but not at $200 for the pair.