As very well known, a rye whiskey should have at least 51% rye in the mash. Woodford Reserve Rye is playing by the limits and decided to use a rye ratio of 53%. The rest of the mash is composed of 33% corn and 14% malted barley.
This is a phenomenal whiskey for those who like Woodford Reserve Bourbon and want to try a rye whiskey. It distinctively shows rye characteristics while still winking at its bourbon roots. Especially some aeration creates wonderful essence.
I tried this whiskey with different styles; neat, with ice, watered, in a cocktail. According to me the best performance was the moments when I tried it neat and in some whiskey cocktails. Watering down decreases the bite and adding ice diminishes the rye character. Drinking neat is not easy for the first time, but in time you will get used to it.
Tips: Try with Whiskey Sour and The Sazerac.