Woodford Reserve marks the end of 2020 / beginning of 2021 with their annual Master’s Collection release, this year called Woodford Reserve Very Fine Rare Bourbon. The name is a little convoluted, but what is unique and important about this release, as each release is different, is that it’s 11 years old. While most of the marketing focuses on the fact that there’s 17 year old bourbon in the blend, which is great, Chris Morris, the master distiller, told Whisky Advocate on the record that “the youngest [bourbon in the blend] is 11 years old”. Now you have my attention.
While I have mixed feelings about the standard Woodford Reserve, an 11 year old age-stated Woodford Reserve still draws my interest. Woodford Reserve never states age, and this may be the first time that a trustworthy source has explicitly mentioned the age of any Woodford product. With all this information in tow, let’s find out what all this 11 to 17 year old bourbon brings in this Woodford Reserve Very Fine Rare Bourbon review.