Thursday 17 June 2021

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Classic Malt (Blind) Review

Hi everyone,

A little while back… all right, February 2020, I reviewed my last American whiskey. I don’t tend to try a lot of them but I would say I don't tend to seek out American whiskies anyway.

This one however, was a surprise. Sprung on me by the affable u/UncleBaldric who very kindly included it as a freebe with some others.

So what is this mystery whisk(e)y? Well I had no idea. The only clue was the letter A on the front, which, as it turned out, was no clue at all.


u/UncleBaldric Sample ‘A’

Colour: Gold

Body: Light/Medium

Nose: Not a style of whisky I’m keen on… Very doughy and bread-like with yeast, floral with some pollen, buttercups, a little harsh spirit coming through. And liquorice. Probably young.

Taste: Full impact. Got to be cask strength and high for it. Yeasty and doughy again, a little rubber, some liquorice and buttercup. More sweetness on the 2nd sip with grass and some young spice.

Finish: Short length. A little butter, some spirit here too.

Guess: A young Bourbon cask Dalmore? Literally tastes like a younger version of a Bourbon matured Dalmore I had ages ago.

Reveal: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Classic Malt 45.2% (Refill Bourbon Barrels)

Woah. Way off on this one. An American whiskey never crossed my mind. Jura and Tullibardine, yes, but not Woodford. Though, perhaps not as off the mark as I first thought. Refill Bourbon barrel matured malt at least. Anyway, wasn't a big fan of this.



American Review #70

Whisky Network Review #1041

Network Average: 75.2

Best Score: 94

Worst Score: 12

0-49 Terrible

50-59 Bad

60-64 Just About OK

65-69 Ok to Good

70-74 Good

75-79 Very Good

80-84 Excellent

85-89 Superb

90+ Magnificent


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