Woodford Reserve has announced the Winter 2021 Master’s Collection release, Woodford Reserve Five-Malt Stouted Mash. It’s a whiskey that exhibits the flavors of a classic beer.
For this limited-edition release, Master Distiller Chris Morris and Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall drew from the distillery’s rich history of innovation and their own interests for inspiration.
In Kentucky, a fermented grain mash is traditionally called “distiller’s beer.” Distillation converts this “beer” into a spirit that will become a “whiskey” once barreled. The Five-Malt Stouted Mash is Morris’ and McCall’s take on crafting a spirit that has flavors of a traditional heavy-style beer.
“Five-Malt Stouted Mash is an expression unlike any other we’ve released before,” said Morris. “The rich, roasted malty stout flavors mingle with bright touches of baked fruit, crisp spices, and orange zest for a unique Woodford Reserve experience.”
“Woodford Reserve’s distillery was constructed by Irish stonemasons in 1838,” added McCall. “That history, plus the fact that we distill in the “Irish” style with triple pot stills, inspired us to mash and distill this year’s Master’s Collection.”
Five-Malt Stouted Mash is a rich and darkly robust expression of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey. On the nose, dusky notes of roasted malt and toasted nuts are sweetened with hints of milk chocolate and brightened with a touch of orange zest, spearmint, and warm baking spices. Oak, cherry cobbler, and shortbread aromas round out the malt and barrel influence. The palate delivers malt with toasted hazelnut, while notes of cocoa highlight a layer of baked fruit, crisp spice, and zest. The finish finds more malt and cocoa.
This year’s expression marks the 17th release of the Master’s Collection. This limited-edition Master’s Collection is 90.4 proof and is available in select U.S. and global markets for $129.99 per 750ml bottle.
For more information, head over to Woodford Reserve’s official website.
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