Drum roll please…. Christopher Rhodovi (from The Whiskey Room) and I have finally reached the ‘top’ of the list, ending our BTWOE* series**. Given the trends in whiskey over the past decade it comes as no surprise that the #1 whiskey is a bourbon – specifically Woodford Reserve.
At #1, Woodford Reserve came as a bit of a surprise because it’s history in the market is relatively short – and it’s sales volume small in comparison to all the others on the list. But being smaller and younger isn’t necessarily a bad thing as this bourbon delivers on all the classic notes – vanilla, oak, & spices – but adds intense complexity on both the nose and the palate – cinnamon, dried fruits, citrus peels, cocoa, etc. It’s clear thousands of online voters have grabbed a bottle (or several) and noticed. We discuss all of this – as well as how the term ‘Reserve’ for bourbons is unregulated mumbo jumbo (even when it feels deserved), some of Woodford’s processes, and its current place in the bourbon market.
We finish with a preview of our next series – Manhattan Project: Sweet Vermouth
We encourage you to grab a glass, pour a dram, and join us.