Woodford Reserve has announced the twelfth release of its limited edition Master’s Collection — Cherry Wood Smoked Barley — which will hit shelves this November.
The Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Cherry Wood Smoked Barley was conceptualized by Master Distiller Chris Morris. Rather than use natural malted barley, which is used in Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Chris modified the grain recipe by selecting malt that had been smoked with cherry wood during the kilning process. This accentuated the bourbon’s toasted nut characteristics and produced a rich smoked almond flavor, the company reports.
This is one of the first Kentucky Bourbons to use malted barley that has been exposed to cherry wood smoke. With 30% malt content, the Cherry Wood Smoked mash bill has a higher concentration of malt than a traditional bourbon.
Cherry Wood Smoked Barley 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. It is presented at 90.4 proof.
Originally introduced in 2006, the Master’s Collection highlights small-batch experimental whiskeys made by Woodford Reserve.