Woodford Reserve’s 2021 Grasp’s Assortment launch has lastly proven up: Woodford Reserve 5-Malt Stouted Mash, a single malt launch that’s designed to be “a whiskey that reveals the flavors of a basic beer.”
It’s not comprised of beer however slightly, because the identify suggests, 5 malts blended up, fermented, and distilled — although I’m unclear what makes it “stouted” other than the selection of malts.
Take a whiff and the “stout” connection rapidly turns into clear. Boldy malty, nutty, and smoky, there’s no mistaking that that is comprised of a beer-ish base, although breathe deep and a few extra curious parts come to the fore, together with an odd, salty maritime word, slightly pungent and fishy at instances. The palate doesn’t actually liven issues up, providing an austere and weighty character that’s daring with notes of chewy cereal, almond skins, toasted bread, and a few creosote — although a tiny drop of honey offers it only a little bit of much-needed sweetness. That sadly fades rapidly on the end, which once more evokes the ocean — smoked kippers right here — and never in an excessively interesting means.
I went again to this whiskey a number of instances and by no means actually discovered a lot to like about it, all the time postpone by its curious seaside parts — though I’ll say it’s not totally pour-down-the-drain-worthy. It’s just too bizarre for that.
I like that Woodford experiments with off-the-wall whiskeys like this, however they don’t all the time work out for one of the best. (See additionally Woodford’s earlier experiment with single malt.) That’s life, people. Save your cash.