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 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.