In February, Woodford Reserve released its first-ever batch of Kentucky Straight Rye. Although intended to be a permanent extension of its limited line of whiskeys (which now totals three), the premiere run is unlikely to last long. Bottles have been flying off the shelves at shops lucky enough to secure an allotment. No surprise there — the hotly anticipated spirit is an elegant expression priced to sell at $38 a pop. Behind the bar, its presence is even rarer. After failing to find it at several local watering holes, I ventured to The Drink (228 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-782-8463) in East Williamsburg, where I finally caught a glimpse of the elusive green-labeled liquor, graciously waiting to be emptied into my snifter.
Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey