Whiskey drinkers will be familiar with Woodford Reserve, the Kentucky-based brand that has aged as well as its whiskey, with their beautifully-shaped bottles to their customer-personalisation services. Currently, there’s the Woodford Reserve Bourbon (S$89) with more than 200 flavours – from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes -, the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (S$92), and the Woodford Reserve Double Oak (S$119).
On top of their signature offerings, dram lovers can now craft their own whiskey as Woodford Reserve provides custom-blending with their Personal Selection Barrel Programme! Two ways around this: one, you experience a guided tasting of three distinct flavor profiles – Spicy with Dark Fruit; Wood and Sweet Aromatics, and Sweet, Nutty and Malty – and choose your favourite. The second method is to choose your favourite at the distillery, under the guidance of the Woodford Reserve team; this requires appointments and can be arranged via Woodford Reserve’s distributor in Singapore, Malt & Wine Asia.
Here begins the long wait, which is approximately 24 weeks. But it’s worth it for 180 bottles (one litre each) of your own Woodford Reserve Bourbon Personal Selection, or 240 bottles (750ml each) of their Rye Personal Selection or Double Oaked Personal Selection, personalised with your name.
For the most impatient of us, Chris Morris, Master Distiller for Woodford Reserve, has announced that the Singapore Barrel Selection will be launched in January 2020. He says, “Woodford Reserve Personal Selection celebrates a bespoke drinking experience and to launch the first ever Singapore Barrel Selection, we are pleased to get together the top mixologists and key opinion leaders in the drinking industry to select the best blend.”
The selection process saw top bartenders and local journalists in Singapore voting on their favourite combination (it was a close fight, but Wood and Sweet Aromatics came out as top). The selected samples were blended in Kentucky, and brought here to create the exclusive Singapore Barrel Selection. This will be bottled and made available for sale through Malt & Wine Asia’s e-commerce website. Pre-orders are highly recommended as stock is limited.
Woodford Reserve Personal Selection is available on Malt & Wine Asia’s website. To pre-order the Singapore Barrel Selection or create your Personal Selection barrel, contact Malt & Wine Asia representativeshere.
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