Woodford Reserve Master's Collection 1838 Sweet Mash

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection 1838 Sweet Mash bourbon whisky


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•    Sweet mash production method
•    Bourbon made the old way
•    Unique
•    ABV 43.2%, 70cl


Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sweet Mash is part of a series of limited edition bourbon whiskies – this one was released in 2008.

It is made using a sweet mash recipe instead of sour mash. All other bourbon whiskies from all producers are made using the sour mash method. This involves adding ingredients from a prior distillation to a new mash mixture. The added ingredients (the sour mash) include grains, yeast and water. This process adds consistency to the production of bourbon.

This is not the original method, however. The original method was sweet mash. The difference is the added ingredients in a sweet mash are new, as opposed to being taken from a prior batch. The sweet mash process involves adding new grains, yeast and mash to the mixture and fermenting it for several days before distilling.

The result is bourbon with new and varied flavours. It is unique too as it is thought to be the first bourbon whisky to be made this way in about 150 years.

Woodford Reserve is part of Brown-Forman, the company behind Jack Daniel’s.

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Labrot & Graham, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, Kentucky, USA
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