Woodford Reserve has unveiled the 2023 edition of its annual high-proof expression, Woodford Reserve Batch Proof. The new offering is just slightly below the ABV of its 2021 edition.
At 124.7 proof, this expression– part of the Master’s Collection series–celebrates the commitment to craftsmanship of Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall and Master Distiller Emeritus Chris Morris.
Woodford Reserve Batch Proof 2023 showcases the flavor nuances created from mingling different barrels into one batch – then presenting that bourbon at the exact proof from the barrels. The liquid showcases a range of sweet aromatics, fruit, spice, wood, and grain characteristics at its purest form, not the standard 90.4 proof.
A burnt orange in color, the whiskey offers aromas of nutty toasted almond, cherry, and overripe banana on the nose with hints of oak sprinkled with citrus zest that evolves into lively pepper. The palate features peppery baking spice, cardamom, and pine. The concise finish finds leather, cedar, and dry vanilla
“The trademark flavors of Woodford Reserve are even more pronounced – and more bold – in this celebrated annual release,” McCall said. “It’s a high-proof bourbon with complex flavors.”
The limited-edition Batch Proof 2023 is available in select U.S. and global markets and is priced at $129.99 per bottle. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.