I'd wanted to try this Bourbon since hearing and reading good things about it, and having finally got round to doing so I'm pleased that I did!
Being a novice as far as Bourbon goes at my first time of trying this, I initially found it quite strong, however in time I've put that down to the fact that I was indeed a novice when it came to sampling whiskeys, I'd only really drank Buffalo Trace before this (and you can't really compare it to scotch)
It didn't take my palate long to adjust however, as by my 2nd or 3rd glass it's lovely, more rounded flavour had completely won me over.
I'd definitely recommend it to any bourbon fan out there who's yet to try it, I'm still in no position to say it's better or worse than any other bourbon in it's price range as I'm far from a connoisseur, however I would say that it is a step up from the slightly cheaper however still decent bourbons.
I went into a liquor store in Tennessee where the owners were knowledgeable and talkative! I commented that Jack Daniels and Jim Beam were pretty much what we got here and could they recommend some decent US bourbon. They sent me away with Woodford Reseerve and Knob Creek - both decent and I'd highly recommend them!
I cannot fully explain why, but this is probably the best mixing bourbon I have found. The mash bill is fairly standard (a tad high in the rye content, but not extreme), 45+% is not unusual for a bourbon, NAS but purportedly averages around 7 yo, which is the sweet spot for bourbon. Business as usual, on paper, but Woody makes the best bourbon Manhattan (heresy, I know, but it works alright) and the best Mint Julep I have had. Unsurprisingly, Woody is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby.
It loses a star for not being as stellar a sipper as it is a mixer.