Woodford Reserve has announced the Winter 2021 Master’s Collection release: Woodford Reserve Five-Malt Stouted Mash.
A fermented grain mash is traditionally called “distiller’s beer.” Distillation converts this “beer” into a spirit that becomes whiskey once barreled. The Five-Malt Stouted Mash is meant to mimic the flavors of a traditional heavy-style beer.
“Five-Malt Stouted Mash is an expression unlike any other we’ve released before,” says Master Distiller Chris Morris. “The rich, roasted malty stout flavors mingle with bright touches of baked fruit, crisp spices and orange zest for a unique Woodford Reserve experience.”
Five-Malt Stouted Mash is a robust version of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey.
“Woodford Reserve’s distillery was constructed by Irish stonemasons in 1838,” says Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall. “That history, plus the fact that we distill in the ‘Irish’ style with triple pot stills, inspired us to mash and distill this year’s Master’s Collection.”
This expression is the 17th release of the Master’s Collection. The limited-edition Master’s Collection is 90.4 proof. It’s available in select U.S. and global markets with a suggested retail price of $129.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Additional distillery-provided tasting notes are as follows:
- Color: Antique Orange
- Aroma: Dusky notes of roasted malt, toasted nuts all sweetened with hints of milk chocolate and brightened with a touch of orange zest, spearmint, and warm baking spices. Oak, cherry cobbler, and shortbread round out the malt and barrel influence.
- Taste: Malty with toasted hazelnut and cocoa highlights atop a layer of baked fruit, crisp spice, and zest bounce about the depths.
- Finish: Malt and cocoa notes linger on.
This comes after the recent Woodford Reserve releases of their 2021 holiday bottles and Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malt Whisper.