Top 10 Bourbons
Woodford Reserve 1838 Style White Corn honors distillery owner Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow, pioneers of bourbon.
Pepper and Crow began distilling on the site of the current Woodford County distillery in the 19th century and developed many techniques still used today. The honey-hued elixir is triple-distilled in copper pots stills, as is everyday Woodford Reserve. But following Pepper and Crow's lead, Master Distiller Chris Morris uses white corn instead of the usual yellow corn. The white corn has a higher sugar content and lower starch content than its more common brother, making fermentation more efficient. The result is a subtle, playful, light-bodied spirit with a hint of spice that is sinewy on the palate with the same 90.4 proof as Distiller's Select. There is a similar caramel flavor, with honey in the aftertaste and a long finish. The big difference is that 1838 Style White Corn has a flavor very reminiscent of short bread. The tall bottle is also a different shape from the round-shouldered Distiller's Select, which makes a satisfying "glug-glug-glug" sound when poured.