Woodford Reserve has released its annual limited-edition, high-proof expression, Woodford Reserve Batch Proof. First introduced in 2018, Batch Proof is part of the annual Master’s Collection series and celebrates Woodford Reserve’s proprietary batching process of blending barrels and then presenting the liquid at its actual proof, which this year is 123.2.

According to a press release, Batch Proof is crafted using the same grain bill and process as Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon. However, Batch Proof takes Woodford Reserve’s trademark flavor range of sweet vanilla and toasted oak to a whole new level — providing consumers the privilege of tasting Woodford Reserve in its purest form (and not the standard 90.4 for which Woodford is known).

“Most people do not get to experience the intensity of the aromas and the smoothness of the whiskey at a higher proof point. With this innovative release, whiskey lovers will have the chance to taste Woodford Reserve the way the masters taste it,” Chris Morris said.

This limited-edition collection, available is selected U.S. and global markets, has suggested retail price of $129.99 for a 750mL bottle.

Tasting Notes for Batch Proof

Color: Deep Coffee Amber

Aroma: Rich oak, overripe banana and marzipan, with hints of orange oil dusted graham cracker and dried cherry.

Taste: Dried apricot drizzled with rich dark chocolate layered over toasted hazelnuts and coffee with faint flavors of cinnamon and clove.

Finish: A long finish of spearmint and sweet cedar wood.