Woodford Reserve Launches Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey

Woodford Reserve has officially announced the release of its newest permanent expression: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey.

As first mentioned by Master Distiller Chris Morris in March, this whiskey features wheat as the dominant grain, at 52%, followed by malt (20%), corn (20%) and rye (8%). It’s based on a historical recipe, influenced by the core Woodford Reserve Bourbon brand.

“After Prohibition, the federal government permitted four styles of American straight whiskey, each with a different majority grain – bourbon, rye, wheat and malt,” Morris says. “Woodford Reserve now has all four whiskeys as part of its permanent family of brands – Woodford Bourbon, Woodford Rye, Woodford Malt and now Woodford Wheat.”

Woodford Reserve Wheat is 90.4 proof with a suggested retail price of $34.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.

On the nose are cinnamon and cedar, plus cooked fruit (apple, pear, banana), the company says, which mingle with a floral character sweetened by light vanilla bean and brown sugar notes. The palate is spicy applesauce and toasted coconut notes that enliven an earthy mint and cocoa nib mix. On the finish are dry, subtle cocoa nibs and lingering apple peel.

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