Woodford Reserve is launching Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt, the fourth expression to the Woodford Reserve portfolio which includes Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, and Woodford Reserve Rye.

This new Malt expression was driven by Master Distiller, Chris Morris, who used historical recipes and nuances from Woodford Reserve Bourbon to create this unique spirit and to help revive the tradition of American Malt Whiskeys.  Coming out of Prohibition, the Federal Government approved four straight whiskey standards: Bourbon, Rye, Wheat, and Malt. These reflected the types of whiskies produced in the United States prior to Prohibition.

Morris, known for creating one of the first bourbons finished in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir barrels, highlights his third generation bourbon & whiskey making skills through this new Woodford Reserve Malt expression. Drawing upon history, and his commitment to flavor to keep the integral character of Woodford Reserve at heart, this new Malt is distinctly designed to allow Americans to understand and appreciate American Malt Whiskeys on a greater scale.

While most people associate Malt Whiskey with Scotland, Kentucky has a history of Malt Whiskey production pre-Prohibition. Woodford Reserve Malt draws upon this pre-Prohibition heritage for inspiration. As the demand for whiskeys grows exponentially in the US, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt showcases their rich 206-year-old history crafting America’s favorite spirit in its purest form.

Kentucky Straight Malt, bottle on table

Kentucky Straight Malt

Tasting Notes for Woodford Reserve Malt 

  • Color: Warm Umber
  • Aroma: Soft nutty notes drizzled with light caramel and milk chocolate coat a light layer of tropical fruit character. Delicate hints of brown spice, mint, brown sugar and soft oak float beneath
  • Taste: Dark chocolate and caramel covered nuts are dried out with a sprinkle of cocoa and brown spice
  • Faint ripe tropical fruit brighten a trace of toasted coconut and oak
  • Finish: Nutty with a subtly sweet chocolate malt note that endures

The grain bill of Woodford Reserve Malt is 51 percent malt, resulting in a whiskey that complements the nutty characteristics found in the original Woodford Reserve. Woodford Reserve Malt presents at 90.4 proof, with a suggested retail price of $34.99 for a 750ml bottle.

For more information, visit WoodfordReserve.com.