May 12, 2022

Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye!

Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye!
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On todays episode we have a glass of Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye, a part of their masters collection. Its like drinking a dark chocolate bar. Woodford is a very popular brand, but their past lives are more infamous than famous.  All that and more on todays episode of Whiskey Chasers!

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  • Woodford has never been a favorite bottle or distillery of mine. I can be very picky and judgey when it comes to my bottles and distilleries. However, they came out with a bottle that I was more than happy to have in my collection and mainly because I read the label and found it misleading.
  • Chocolate Malted Rye


  • The Woodford Distillery, as we know it today, was actually previously owned by Elijah Pepper and was called the Oscar Pepper Distillery.
    • The distillery itself has been through 4 sales.
      • Brown Forman bought it in 1941, sold it in the late 60’s and then decided they wanted to re-purchase it in 1993.
    • By 1996 it became the Woodford Distillery
  • As much as I do not love Woodford, it is the better of the three others before it
    • Old Crow (The distiller who worked at the pepper distillery)
    • James E Pepper
  • They have several products, but this master’s collection is only released twice a year and each release is said to be different due to it being an experimental series
    • The fall release focuses on variation, while the spring release focuses on proof.
    • They have released 17 master collection series so far.
    • This bottle is the fall of 2019 and the bottles no longer look this cool or unique
  • Mashbill: 70% Corn, 15% Chocolate Malted Rye, 15% Distillers Malt
    • The rye is what is so special and makes this bottle more unique.
      • According to Chris Morris their master distiller, “the rye malt was roasted to a level that its natural sugars caramelized into a dark chocolate note.”
  • Bottled at 90.4 proof and priced at $130 MSRP

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