After launching last year exclusively at Duty Free, Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition will now roll out to retail stores nationwide.
The exclusive whiskey is Woodford Reserve Bourbon aged an additional three years in XO cognac casks from France. The spirit is bottled in a handmade crystal decanter that took five days to create in Baccarat, France, the company says.
Baccarat was founded in 1764 by King Louis XV. Woodford Reserve is located in Versailles, Kentucky, named after the French city where generations of royalty lived.
“Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition is a celebration of history, a celebration of the connections between France and Kentucky — and a celebration of the finest flavors of bourbon and cognac,” says Master Distiller Chris Morris.
The result is a balance of American and French oak notes, fruit character, subtle spiciness and a creamy confectionary finish, the company reports.
The bottle design is meant to evoke the Woodford Reserve bottle silhouette, and is engraved in gold with Woodford Reserve’s and Baccarat’s logos. It is presented in a signature Baccarat red box and includes a crystal stopper adorned with Woodford Reserve’s initials.
Woodford Baccarat is 90.4 proof and retails for $2,000 per 750-ml. bottle.
“Baccarat is honored to be the partner of Woodford Reserve for this important premiere in the world of American whiskey,” says Baccarat Global CEO Daniela Riccardi. “We are proud of the work done together and of a beautiful decanter that our artisans crafted inspired by the excellence and savoir-faire that both our Maisons cherish.”
Baccarat Edition is available in extremely limited quantities and can be purchased via Reserve Bar starting October 5, and at select retailers nationwide. A limited number of bottles are also available at Woodford Reserve Distillery.