For over a decade, bourbon lovers have enjoyed Woodford Reserve’s annual Master’s Collection whiskeys. Master distiller Chris Morris’s pledged some time ago he would never repeat a Master’s Collection release, so each year offers enthusiasts something new to look forward to. This collection has been high on my list of annual bottles I dedicate time to hunt and I am rarely disappointed, especially as I enjoy Woodford whiskeys generally. There has never been a time that a bottle of Woodford Reserve or Double-Oak Woodford Reserve could not be found in my personal bourbon whiskey library.
In 2018 Woodford threw a bit of a surprise by offering two special edition whiskeys, instead of a single annual expression. This is not the first time Woodford’s had two Master’s Collection releases. Remember the dubious malt whiskey and the delicious rye offerings released in 2006? The two 2018 Master’s Collection whiskeys were Woodford Reserve American Select Oak and Woodford Reserve Oat Grain Kentucky Bourbon.