Woodford Reserve

Overview

Woodford Reserve is a brand of premium small batch Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey produced in Woodford County, Kentucky by the Brown-Forman Corporation. It is made from a mixture of pot still spirits produced at the company's Woodford Reserve Distillery there, and column still spirits from the Brown Forman Distillery in Shively, Kentucky. Each 45.2% alcohol by volume (90.4 US Proof) bottle bears a unique batch and bottle number.

Location and contact details

Location" Location: The Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, USA
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: (859) 879.1812
Web" Web: http://mbroland.com/about-us/
Twitter" Twitter: Woodford Reserve (@WoodfordReserve)

Facts and figures

LocationThe Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, USA
Founded1838
FounderElijah Pepper
OwnerBrown-Forman Corporation

Tours

Tours available:

  • Mon – Sat 10 AM – 3 PM EST
  • Sunday 1 PM – 3 PM EST
  • Closed Sundays (January – February Only)
Woodford Reserve offers three types of tour:
  • The $14 Distillery Tour is offered 7 days a week and explains the history of bourbon, the bottling process and much more.
  • The $30 Corn to Cork tour is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1430 with a maximum of six guests per tour; reservations are required. This two-hour session explores in detail the mechanical, chemical, technical and sensory aspects of producing bourbon, in addition to the information covered on the Distillery Tour. The tour concludes with a special tasting.
  • The $30 National Landmark tour is offered W3ednesdays at 1430 and reservations are required. This two-hour session educates guests on the cultural and architectural evolution of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, in addition to sharing information covered on the Distillery Tour. The tour explores the 200+ history and architecture of the National Historic Landmark property and its impact on Kentucky heritage. The tour concludes with a special tasting.
Tours can be booked here.

History

The Woodford Reserve Distillery, formerly known as the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery and later the Labrot & Graham Distillery, is approximately eight miles from the town of Versailles in north-central Kentucky, off U.S. Route 60 between Interstate 64 and Versailles.

Distilling on the site began in 1780, with today's distillery building erected in 1838. Although the site has not been continuously operational as a distillery since, the structure stands as the oldest of the nine bourbon distilleries in operation in Kentucky as of 2010. In 1995 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2000 was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Originally established by Elijah Pepper, the distillery was passed on to his son and known as the Oscar Pepper Distillery when Dr. James Crow worked there in the mid-19th century. During this time Dr. Crow undertook a series of activities that improved and codified the understanding and quality of key bourbon-making processes such as sour-mash fermentation, pot still distillation and barrel maturation. The Pepper family sold the property to Leopold Labrot and James Graham in 1878, who owned and operated it (except during Prohibition) until it was sold to the Brown-Forman Corporation in 1941. Brown-Forman operated it until 1968, then sold the then-mothballed property in 1971. Brown-Forman re-purchased the property in 1993, refurbished it, and brought it back into operation. The Woodford Reserve brand was introduced to the market in 1996.

The company expanded its product line with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon in February 2012. The "Masters Collection", a series of limited bottlings produced using the older pot still method, followed. Woodford Reserve Rye Whisky, an American style rye, was introduced in 2015.
Information correct as of 2017-07-23
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