WhiskyCritic had a pleasant Turkey Day made even pleasanter by the presence of 90.4-proof [45.2% alcohol by volume] Woodford Reserve – a straight rye Kentucky whiskey.
The pairing of whiskey with the traditional accoutrements of the holiday’s feast turned out to be perfect, with the somewhat harder edge of the Woodford Reserve proving to be a good palate cleanser in between bites of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and, ultimately, pumpkin pie. It was all good.
For its part in the feast, Woodford Reserve went down the gullet a little too strong at first – teetering on a chemical note but never fully committing to that industrial strength regimen – but eventually mellowed out as it was allowed to breathe in the holiday air.
While Woodford Reserve is not among WC’s top favorites on the board, it is one of the better whiskies out there and we reward their effort with a strong 89 rating.