Top 20 Whiskies of 2019

#6 • Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Batch Proof (2019 Release)

  • Rank: 6
  • Year: 2019
  • Score: 94
  • Price: $130
  • ABV: 61.6%
  • Style: Straight Bourbon
  • Place of Origin: Kentucky

Known for pushing boundaries, the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection series has been a mixed bag over the years. With Batch Proof, Woodford literally plays to its strength. This bourbon takes the same mashbill, flavor profile, and beautiful blending that makes up the standard 90.4-proof Woodford Reserve, and ups the intensity to 123.2 proof, uncut and unfiltered. “Batch Proof” is Woodford’s answer to other distilleries’ single-barrel products. Now an annual spring release, Batch Proof doubles down on what Woodford does best, upping the banana pudding, dark spice, and toasty oak notes to decadent new heights. —Jeffery Lindenmuth