The Kentucky king of bourbon, Woodford Reserve is launching its oldest drop to date, with the limited-edition annual Masters Collection: Very Fine Rare Bourbon. Coming to Australia from July 15, there’ll be less than 700 bottles available to buy nationally.
In addition to the introduction of a new ‘iconic flask-shaped’ bottle design, master distiller Chris Morris and assistant master distiller Elizabeth McCall have used rare barrels reserved for a special release. The bourbon includes liquid from barrels 17 years old and date back to 2003, the year Chris Morris was named master distiller.
This will be the 15th edition of the Master’s Collection, which was devised to honour the creations of the 1812 distillery site where Woodford Reserve is now located. However, beginning with the 2020 edition, all future Master’s Collections will focus on modern innovation by Morris and McCall.
“The name Very Fine Rare Bourbon is a nod to the descriptors used by our ancestors to auction highly-aged Bourbon barrel lots,” Morris said. “While Woodford Reserve will always honour the past, this Master’s Collection is about the present and future.”
McCall said this Master’s Collection has special meaning for her and for Woodford Reserve. It is the first time her name will appear on the bottle hang tag since being named Assistant Master Distillery in 2018. “What a fitting tribute to use these oldest barrels of Woodford Reserve to celebrate Chris Morris’ legacy while also looking to the future,” McCall said.
As Morris and McCall look ahead, the collection will still feature a magnificent mix of flavours and aromas that make the iconic Bourbon brand the ultimate sippable stunner. The Very Fine Rare Bourbon contains old oak notes, sweetened with honey, balanced by a touch of citrus and apple peel and a touch of clove spice. Plus, a long finish of raisin fruit and malty sweetness to cap things off.
This limited-edition Master’s Collection is available from 15 July at Dan Murphy’s and selected bottle shops with a suggested retail price of $250 for a 700ml bottle. For more information, visit their website.