Woodford Reserve is created at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery (Labrot & Graham Proprietors) in Woodford County, the smallest and oldest operating distillery in Kentucky, which dates back to 1812. If Michelin were handing out stars to bourbon whiskey distilleries, Woodford Reserve would be a leading contender for their superb range of small batch, hand-crafted offerings.
Their historic distillery is located near the town of Versailles in Woodford County, Kentucky, with the current distillery building the oldest operating distillery in Kentucky, dating back to around 1812 (although records show that distilling has been conducted on the site since 1780).
The distillery is the smallest in the USA and the only one still practising traditional production methods, using mineral-rich filtered limestone water, a high percentage of rye to enhance spice characters and fermenting in cypress vat fermenters. After distillation in triple copper pot stills, the spirit is matured in a climate-controlled environment in new charred white oak barrels. Following maturation, the bourbons are bottled with a batch number and their own individual bottle numbers.