Brown-Forman has released the latest addition to the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection: Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon.
The one-time release will be rolled out across the US and throughout the rest of the world from this month (October).
Bottled at 45.2% ABV, the whiskey was made with a mash bill of 70% corn, 15% chocolate malted rye and 15% distillers malt. It will be sold at an RRP of US$129.99.
Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve master distiller, said: “The rye malt was roasted to a level that its natural sugars caramelised into a dark chocolate note.
“This special Bourbon even surprised me as it matured in our warehouses. Each time I tasted it, the chocolate notes became even more pronounced.”
Elizabeth McCall, assistant master distiller, said: “Woodford Reserve Bourbon has a complex and balanced flavour profile that includes a hint of chocolate.
“Chocolate Malted Rye takes those cocoa notes to a new level. Everything we do at Woodford Reserve goes back to our core belief that flavour is everything.”
CHOCOLATE MALTED RYE
Chocolate Malted Rye is crafted by roasting the rye malt to a level that its natural sugars caramelized into a dark chocolate note. This bourbon is presented at 90.4 proof, and contains a mash bill comprised of 70% corn, 15% chocolate malted rye, 15% distillers malt.
Color: Medium caramel
Aroma: Soft mocha, delicate caramel and roasted nut notes mingle with hints of cedar, soft oak and a touch of fruit.
Taste: Roasted rye grain, dry cocoa nibs and dark chocolate spice up a soft mocha character atop a layer of cherry fruit and toasted oak.
Finish: Long and chocolaty.