Woodford Reserve Distillery has announced what they call “The Ultimate Expression of American Whiskey”. The new release is Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition which marries Woodford bourbon with the world’s finest crystal.
The exclusive whiskey is fully matured Woodford Reserve Bourbon that has been aged an additional three years in XO cognac casks from France. It is bottled in a handmade crystal decanter that took five days to create in Baccarat, France.
Baccarat, celebrating more than 250 years, was founded in 1764 by King Louis XV. Woodford Reserve is located in Versailles, Kentucky, and named after the French city where generations of royalty lived and ruled.
“Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition is a celebration of history, a celebration of the connections between France and Kentucky — and a celebration of the finest flavors of bourbon and cognac,” Master Distiller Chris Morris said.
Woodford says the result is the best of both spirits – a balance of crisp American and French oak notes, complex fruit character, subtle spiciness, and a creamy confectionary finish.
The handmade bottle design is meant to evoke the standard Woodford Reserve bottle silhouette and is engraved in gold with Woodford Reserve’s and Baccarat’s iconic logos. It is presented in a signature Baccarat red box and includes a crystal stopper adorned with Woodford Reserve’s initials.
“Baccarat is honored to be the partner of Woodford Reserve for this important premiere in the world of American whiskey,” Baccarat Global CEO, Daniela Riccardi. “We are proud of the work done together and of a beautiful decanter that our artisans crafted inspired by the excellence and savoir-faire that both our Maisons cherish.”
Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged in XO Cognac Barrels is bottled at 90.4 proof (45.2% ABV) and has a suggested retail price of $2,000. Woodford’s Baccarat Edition is available in extremely limited quantities and can be purchased now via select retailers nationwide and at Woodford Reserve Distillery.
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