Official tasting notes
Nose: Dusky notes of roasted malt, toasted nuts all sweetened with hints of milk chocolate and brightened with a touch of orange zest, spearmint and warm baking spices. Oak, cherry cobbler and shortbread round out the malt and barrel influence.
Palate: Malty with toasted hazelnut and cocoa highlights atop a layer of baked fruit, crisp spice and zest bounce about the depths.
Finish: Malt and cocoa notes linger on.
Woodford Reserve 2021 ‘Master’s Collection’ Series No.17 Five Malt Stouted Mash 700ml 45.2%
The 17th release from the 2021 Master’s Collection Series.
700ml: 45.2%alc – 90.4 proof
Region: Kentucky, USA
Series No: 17
Bottler: Woodford Reserve
Release Date: December 2021 (USA) September 2022 (Aus)
The Master’s Collection series was first launched in 2006 with this Woodford Reserve Five Malt Stouted Mash been the 17th release in the range. It’s an exceptionally crafted malt whiskey by Master Distiller Chris Morris a and assistant Master Distiller, Elizabeth McCall.
The expression was created to incorporate the complexity of a hoppy, stout beer with the elegant flavours of delicious malted whiskey. As the name suggests, the expression is a mingling of five different styles of malt – standard distillers’ malt, wheat malt, pale chocolate malt, carafa 1 malt, and kiln coffee malt, with the last three malts of dark-roasted origin that will be familiar to homebrew hobbyists. A very limited allocation made it to our Aussie shores and we’re offering these up at one per customer.
Assistant Master Distiller, Elizabeth McCall comments;
“In Kentucky, a fermented grain mash is traditionally called “distiller’s beer”. Distillation converts this “beer” into a spirit that will become a “Whiskey” once barrelled.
This Master’s Collection 17th release is our take on crafting a spirit that exhibits the flavours of a classic beer style, in this case a rich, roasted malty stout. Our distillery building was constructed by Irish stonemasons in 1838. That, plus the fact that we distil in the “Irish” style with triple pot stills inspired us to mash and distil an Irish style stout beer.”
Master Distiller Chris Morris comments;
“Five-Malt Stouted Mash is an expression unlike any other we’ve released before. The rich, roasted malty stout flavours mingle with bright touches of baked fruit, crisp spices, and orange zest for a unique Woodford Reserve experience.”
Official tasting notes