The first ever European Woodford Reserve Personal Selection Barrel has finally arrived at The Punch Room at The London Edition hotel, and as can be expected, the partnership was celebrated with a clink of glasses at an intimate tasting event.
The culmination of London Edition’s Personal Selection Barrel began in May last year when the Punch team embarked on a road tour of the US. The team visited New York, Louisville Kentucky and Chicago within the space of a week, all with the help of Woodford Reserve.
The Punch Room team made their drinks at the finest bars in these cities – and since then The Punch Room and Woodford have collaborated to visit the best bars of Oslo, Stockholm and Amsterdam.
It’s important to note that the Woodford Reserve Personal Selection does not create a single barrel product. Instead, it is a chance for customers to blend their own, unique Woodford Reserve, meaning that it is 100% bespoke. The Punch Room team were presented with 12 different barrel samples grouped into 6 x 2 selections. They tasted them first individually, and then together, to decide which of the two they’d like to blend together to create their very own perfect batch.
The Punch Room’s Personal Selection Barrel has the same mash bill as Woodford Reserve Distillers Select (18% rye, along with 10% barley and 72% corn) and is 45.2% ABV. This clean, brilliant honey amber looking drink oozes heavy notes of rich dried fruit which give a silky smooth finish. You can add this to cocktails or serve it old fashioned on the rock with an orange twist garnish. You and your taste buds will not be disappointed.
Woodford Reserve is a super-premium, craft bourbon that is a product of the Woodford Reserve Distillery – America’s oldest and smallest distillery, located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region. Woodford Reserve has quickly become a highly acclaimed, award-winning bourbon which is savoured by consumers worldwide. It is a bourbon of exceptional richness, depth and character with a smooth, well-rounded finish.
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