We just posted our review of this here. Enjoy!
The official Master’s Collection page doesn’t tell us much detail about this release, but only acknowledges that the mash bill contains white corn instead of yellow corn, which should result in “a sharper whiskey that’s lighter in body with a softer, sweeter, fruit-forward profile.”. The site also provide tasting notes. That information can be found here.
A new Woodford Reserve label was approved in April and it looks like we have the answer to what the Master’s Collection release for 2015 will be. While we aren’t sure what exactly the 1838 Style White Corn release means, my best guess is that it will be A) some kind of bourbon whiskey and B) have white corn in it. Hilarious, I know. Maybe it will be a 100% corn bourbon as a full corn expression has not yet been released by Chris Morris. The typical WR bourbon mash bill is 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley.
1838 refers to the year the distillery was built outside of Versailles, KY by Elijah Pepper as the Old Oscar Pepper distillery. The year has been used once before in the the Master’s Collection in 2008 when Sweet Mash 1838 was released, a bourbon made with sweet mash as opposed to the standard sour mash.
I, for one, am excited about this release. Many people loved to hate on last year’s Sonoma-Cutrer Finish but I quite enjoyed it. So yeah, bring on the corn!
I’ll update this post when we know more details on the 2015 release. Also, assuming that we are able to get our hands on a bottle of this, Jeff has called dibs on the review, so be looking out for that once this stuff gets released into the wild!