WHAT: Woodford Reserve Master's Collection 1838 Sweet Mash Bourbon Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Versailles, Kentucky
WHY: The sour mash process used to make most bourbons is not unlike the method for making sourdough bread, where a remnant of one batch acts as the starter for the next. By contrast, this latest entry in Woodford's limited-edition Master's Collection series explores the now-obscure sweet mash style. The result is an intriguing, one-of-kind collector's whiskey that recalls modern bourbon's antecedents: a good stiff belt at the start, with a round, caramel mid-palate and fantastic spicy finish. Get it while you can.
PRICE: 750 ml/$129.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets (product #120402)