Woodford Reserve has announced the latest expression in the limited edition Master’s Collection: Brandy Cask Finish. It will hit shelves in November.
Marking the eleventh release in the Master’s Collection, Master Distiller Chris Morris began with fully mature Woodford Reserve bourbon which was then finished in brandy casks for nearly two years. Upon completion of the maturation period, the finished casks were batched together to create this whiskey with caramel and dried fruit notes, the company reports.
Aromas include medley of chocolate, maple syrup and caramel drizzled over toasted hazelnuts, dark raisins and dried cranberries, the company says.
Brandy, a spirit distilled from wine or fruit, is often aged in oak barrels. Unlike bourbon, brandy does not have the new, charred barrel requirement, allowing their barrels to be used multiple times. Therefore, this release is technically not a bourbon but rather a finished whiskey.
“Among Woodford Reserve’s many flavors include fruit and spice notes which the brandy casks emphasize,” says Morris.
Brandy Cask Finish will be available for purchase in select markets within the United States with a suggested retail price of $99.99 (varying by market) for a 750-ml. bottle presented at 90.4 proof.