Woodford Reserve is a brand of [ingredient=bourbon Bourbon] made at the Woodford Reserve distillery near Versailles, Kentucky. Woodford Reserve is owned by Brown-Forman, who in 1993 re-opened and re-named their Old Oscar Pepper distillery, which they had shuttered in 1971. In 2000, the distillery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Woodford Reserve was first released in 1996, and at while early production was aging, the first bottlings of Woodford Reserve were older barrels of Early Times, another Brown-Forman label. 

Woodford Reserve makes a regular bottling, which is 90.4 proof. It is the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, and Woodford has commissioned artists to design labels for each running of the race. 

Woodford Reserve also makes a line of Bourbon called Master's Collection - these are 100% pot still Bourbon, and are roughly twice the price of the regular bottling:

  • 2005 -- Four grain (corn, rye, barley. wheat)
  • 2006 -- Four grain (corn, rye, barley, wheat)
  • 2007 -- regular Woodford Reserve finished in used Sonoma-Cutrer "Les Pierres" casks
  • 2008 -- regular Woodford Reserve made using a sweet mash formula
  • 2009 -- Maple barrel finished

Woodford Reserve Website

Some popular cocktails containing Woodford Reserve

  • Smoke on the Boulevard — Rye, Aperol, Sweet vermouth, Averna, Cherry Bitters, Orange peel
  • Haystack — Bourbon, Suze, Apricot liqueur, Lemon juice, Apricot
  • The Joke — Bourbon, Gin, Amaro Meletti, Aromatized wine
  • Vessel 75 — Bourbon, Peychaud's Bitters, Egg white foam, Orange peel
  • Vieux Pentagone — Pineapple rum, Bourbon, Sweet vermouth, Falernum, Amer Picon, Bitters
  • The Upstart — Venezuelan rum, Rye, Cynar, Sherry, Bitters
  • Midnight in Manhattan (Woodford) — Bourbon, Sweet vermouth, Suze, Cherry Bitters, Vanilla syrup, Orange peel
  • A Barhopper's Sour — Amaretto, Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Islay Scotch, Orange bitters, Bitters, Lemon juice, Egg white, Agave syrup, Lemon zest
  • Stranger Things #3 — Bourbon, Barbados Rum, Triple sec, Pine liqueur
  • Urbano — Bourbon, Averna, Aperol, Peychaud's Bitters, Fennel bitters