Former Seven Grand Bartender Luke Ford is back with us on the podcast and he’s brought some Incredibly tasty treats from the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection! If you heard the last time we had Luke joining us, you’ll remember his famous whale joke; be sure to stick around til the end of the podcast when he brings another fantastic one!
What we drank:
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat
Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye
Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
About the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection (From WoodfordReserve.com)
Chris Morris knows whiskey. As the second Master Distiller at the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Chris was an integral character in the development of Woodford Reserve. As head Master Distiller of one of the world’s fastest growing bourbons, he spends his days innovating and planning future releases.
The mastermind behind Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Rye, and Master’s Collection, Chris knows the keys to making good whiskey are time and patience, but having a sense of good craftsmanship is also a talent that goes a long way.
“The idea is to create new and different things with an artisan’s touch, Chris said. “Things nobody’s ever done before while maintaining the essence of Woodford Reserve that everyone loves.”
Chris began his career in bourbon in 1976 as a trainee in Brown-Forman’s central lab. In 1997, he found himself as an understudy to Lincoln Henderson, Woodford Reserve’s Inaugural Master Distiller, who in 2003 Chris succeeded. In the years that followed, Chris was responsible for creating the world’s first bourbon finished in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Barrels. He’s also credited with developing the world’s first maple barrel; a difficult feat made easier when you command your own cooperage.
In the early 1800s, our Woodford County Distillery, thanks to owner Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow, was the site for landmark discoveries and innovative techniques in bourbon-making.
Pepper and Crow are credited with refining and defining key processes such as sour mashing, yeast propagation, copper pot distillation and the maturing of whiskey in new, charred oak casks. Their work defined bourbon and subsequently rye whiskey as we know them today.
Woodford Reserve Distillery’s Master’s Collection™ honors the pioneering work of Pepper and Crow, applying their handcrafted methods to a variety of grain recipes, fermentation styles and maturation processes to create a range of unique whiskeys.