Cherry and orange peel nose; silky and lush with sweet, toasted vanilla oak and dried citrus; tamarind, spice, hints of tropical fruit with a ripe, rich style; aromatic and senuous; long and perfumed.
95 points, Tasting Panel (May 2012)
For a warm and comforting sipper on a chilly evening, this is a fine way to go. This honey-hued Bourbon has a big, powerful, sweet caramel aroma, and a rich mix of buttery, oaky and toasty flavors. Consider it as a dessert pairing.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast (Jul 2012)
Copper color. Warming aromas of caramelized nuts, leather, saddle soap, dried tropical fruit, latex and white pepper with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a chewy, cedar bark, mocha fudge, fruity toffee, pepper, and mineral finish. A powerful wood driven bourbon.
92 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Feb 2013)
Woodford’s first permanent line extension. Aged in two barrels with different toast and char amounts. More visceral than the standard Woodford Reserve, with a darker personality, extra wood spice, and a nice sweet foundation. Notes of cinnamon stick, dark berried fruit, roasted nuts, caramel, creamy vanilla, and polished leather.
88 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 21, #2)