Every year, in addition to the Batch Proof, Woodford Reserve releases a special Master’s Collection bourbon. 2020’s release is starting to drop now, and Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Very Fine Rare Bourbon is on the top of our hunting list.
With the 2020 release, Woodford Reserve deviates a bit from the previous fourteen Master’s Collection releases by focusing on modern innovation in whiskey distilling.
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 2020
The fifteenth iteration of the Woodford Master’s Collection line is a lower proof oak bomb. Very Fine Rare Bourbon clocks in at just 90.4 Proof (45.2% ABV), but is a blend that includes bourbon aged a full 17 years. This combo of proof and age really lets the time in the barrel shine through.
Those 17-year barrels that are used in this special bourbon release were originally filled in 2003, when Woodford’s Master Distiller Chris Morris first started. In a way, this is an homage to him and his creations.
Very Fine Rare Bourbon in NC
North Carolina will see this bourbon start dropping soon. Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Very Fine Rare Bourbon costs $129.95 in NC, right as the distillery’s MSRP. It’s more affordable than Woodford’s crystalline Baccarat Edition.
Check with your local ABC store and see if they know when it will be dropping. You can also monitor the ABC Warehouse stock right here at NC Whiskey.
If all else fails, try watching websites like Mash & Grape that may find it in stock eventually and could ship to NC.
Here are a few other great products that are similar to this Master’s Collection release, or that we otherwise endorse:
Michter's US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Ardbeg Wee Beastie