A bit of spirits occasionally involves a taste of history. With its new Kentucky straight wheat whiskey, the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Ky., gives the drinker something to think about. Back in 1935, the Federal government recognized four styles of American whiskeys based on the dominant grain: corn (bourbon), rye, malt (malted barley) and wheat. With the introduction of its straight wheat whiskey, Woodford — best known for its bourbon — now makes all four. The straight wheat whiskey is earthy and smooth, with baked apple notes, making it lovely for chilly autumn sipping or for revising a Manhattan.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey, 90.4 proof, $41.99 for 750 milliliters, caskers.com.