American distiller Woodford Reserve has welcomed in the colder months with release of its Winter 2021 Master’s Collection Five-Malt Stouted Mash.
The limited-edition expression – the 17th in the Master’s Collection – exhibits the flavours of a classic beer. It was created by master distiller Chris Morris and assistant master distiller Elizabeth McCall, who drew inspiration from the distillery’s history of innovation as well as their own interests.
In Kentucky, Woodford Reserve’s home state, a fermented grain mash is often referred to as ‘distiller’s beer’; the distillation process converts the ‘beer’ into a spirit that will become whisky once barreled. The Five-Malt whiskey is Morris’ and McCall’s take on a spirit that showcases the flavours of a traditional heavy-style beer.
“Five-Malt Stouted Mash is an expression unlike any other we’ve released before,” Morris said. “The rich, roasted malty stout flavours mingle with bright touches of baked fruit, crisp spices and orange zest for a unique Woodford Reserve experience.”
McCall added: “Woodford Reserve’s distillery was constructed by Irish stonemasons in 1838. That history, plus the fact that we distil in the ‘Irish’ style with triple pot stills, inspired us to mash and distill this year’s Masters’s Collection.”
The Winter 2021 Master’s Collection Five-Malt Stouted Mash whiskey (90.4 proof/45.2% ABV) is available in select US and global markets with a suggested retail price of $129.99 for a 750ml bottle.
2 December 2021 – Bethany Whymark