2018 Bartenders brand awards - Gold Medal Taste. 2018 Bartenders brand awards - Supreme Champion. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon is the world's finest bourbon: beautifully complex and perfectly balanced. The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. The perfectly balanced taste of our Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of more than 200 detectable flavour notes, from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes Woodford Reserve isn't manufactured. It's crafted in small batches. This artisanal process allows us to craft it at all five sources of flavour giving it its distinct taste and crisp, clean finish. Each sip contains over 200 congeners, natural colour, aroma and flavour components.