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The Whisky Diaries: Woodford Reserve X Rockpool Bar & Grill

Five flavours, an internationally praised bourbon and two of Australia’s most celebrated restaurant and cocktail bars

Meticulous in detail, handcrafted, rich in both flavour through to its smooth finish; both Woodford Reserve and Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney and Melbourne have partnered for a once in a lifetime collaboration that you just cannot miss.

Sourced directly from Kentucky in the United States, Woodford Reserve bourbon part of the Brown-Forman company has arrived in the pristine hands of Rockpool Bar & Grill for a Barrel to Banquet Dinner Series through till Tuesday 30 April 2019.

Incredibly, Woodford Reserve Distillery is one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries. Sitting along Glenns Creek, the distillery itself dates back to 1812 when Elijah Pepper began crafting whiskey. Today, Woodford Reserve Distillery is home to a staggering 152 meters long gravity fed barrel run, copper pot stills, an 100 year old cypress wood fermenter and one of the only heat cycled barrelhouses in the world – all of which ensure that every drop of the iconic Woodford is created to its signature colour and flavour.

Chief Operating Officer of Rockpool, Frank Tucker, ventured to the humble home of Woodfords distillery in Kentucky in 2018 for the full whiskey experience. After working with Master Distiller Chris Morris and Master Taster Elizabeth McCall, Frank was able to design his own personal batch of whiskey. Made and then bottled into 180 personalised single litre bottles with custom Rockpool labels; this Woodford Reserve ‘Double Oak’ Rockpool Premium Blend Bourbon is remarkably available for Sydneysiders and Melbournites to enjoy.

With no two Woodford Reserve’s ever tasting the same, this is an experience that is surely limited to supply.

Woodford Reserve Ambassador, Thalita Alves says, “Woodford Reserve is wonderfully complex and well balanced. There are over two hundred detectable flavours in our bourbon – 212 to be exact! People are often surprised that whiskey pairs so incredibly well with a wide variety of dishes, the complexity of the bourbon with the food can take you on a unique ride.”

Known for its complex, balanced, rich vanilla flavours and layering of oak, spice and smooth finish – partaking in the Woodford Reserve experience, whisky drinkers will most certainly agree that from taste, the iconic bourbon affirms to its objective of using an artisanal process.

Woodford Reserve isn’t manufactured, it’s handcrafted.

Exploring the infamous flavour wheel, whisky sommeliers will soon understand that Woodford Reserve uses five primary characteristics to represent the five sources of flavour in the much-loved bourbon: wood, grain, sweet aromatics, spice and fruit or floral. As part of their collaboration, Woodford Reserve and Rockpool Bar & Grill have drawn inspiration from this flavour wheel to ingeniously create a line of remarkable cocktails part of their Barrel to Banquet series.

 Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Recipe
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Macadamia and Walnut Bitters

 INGREDIENTS

 45mL Woodford Reserve Double Oak
10mL Macadamia syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash walnut bitters
3ml saline solution
20ml water
Sprig of Rosemary for garnishing
Orange peel for garnishing
Block ice

METHOD

  1. Using an Old Fashioned Glass place the block of ice into the glass first.
  2. Pour ingredients into glass, stir.
  3. Using the orange peel, wrap it around the rosemary and place into the cocktail and enjoy.

The Woodford Reserve and Rockpool Bar & Grill Barrel to Banquet dinner series was on Wednesday 3 and Wednesday 10 April. But for those who missed out, there is a limited edition dessert and cocktail which are available in both Sydney and Melbourne Rockpool Bar & Grill up until Tuesday 30 April.

For more information visit Rockpool Bar & Grill

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