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The Woodford Reserve Classic Manhattan

woodford reserve manhattan The Woodford Reserve Classic Manhattan Woodford Reserve is a handcrafted 90.4 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon.  With a great bourbon flavor, its subtlety is its genius.  It has great balance for a bourbon whiskey with a little complexity and rather smooth.  For the Woodford Reserve Classic Manhattan, fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add ingredients and shake well.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a bourbon-infused cherry.

2 oz. Woodford Reserve

1 oz. Sweet vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

Splash of cherry juice

dave scheurich woodford reserve distillery manager The Woodford Reserve Classic Manhattan Q&A with Woodford Reserve Distillery Manager Dave Scheurich

Meet Dave Scheurich, the Woodford Reserve Distillery Manager. Dave lives in a country farmhouse with a picturesque front porch, which often gets him referred to locally as one of the most fortunate residents of Woodford County. Did we mention his house is at the Distillery?

What exactly is the job of a Distillery Manager?
I’m responsible for all production operations including distillery, warehousing, processing, bottling, shipping and plant maintenance. I am also involved in many promotional events Woodford Reserve hosts.

I began work at Woodford Reserve’s parent company, Brown-Forman, in 1989 as a Facility Maintenance, Construction and Security Manager. In 1994 I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and was selected to be a project manager for the renovation of what was then called the Labrot & Graham Distillery. The rest, as they say, is history.

What do you love most about your job?
Seldom is one presented with an opportunity to be involved with the renovation of a National Historic Landmark, the start-up of a new distillery and the creation and growth of a successful bourbon. My best experience at this job was being part of a project team that directed the distillery renovation and thereby seeing the birth and growth of Woodford Reserve.

The house you share with your family is on-site. What’s it like having no commute to the office?
Living at the distillery has been a good experience. My wife, Della, and I were allowed to design and build the Plant Manager’s house during the distillery renovation project. Our only direction was that it had to be a clapboard-sided farmhouse with a front porch. Woodford Reserve is the only bourbon distillery surrounded by horse farms and the horse farm directly behind the house specializes in raising foals to yearlings so we are able to sit at our kitchen table in late winter and watch the new moms and babies bond. Della and I often host writers, celebrities and other VIPs at the house in Southern hospitality fashion. The short commute to work always has its benefits. It’s like living in a park!

Last but not least, what’s your favorite way to enjoy your Woodford Reserve?
I am not one to adulterate my favorite bourbon. Depending on the occasion I drink Woodford Reserve on the rocks or straight up.

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