Whiskey Review: Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon

, | July 15, 2015

Woodford Double Oaked Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article.

For the past 15 years Woodford Reserve has taken innovative approaches to craft unique expressions of whiskey, such as their Woodford Reserve Double Oaked bourbon. Master Distiller Chris Morris crafted this bourbon as they normally do, with careful selection of ingredients and aging time in a heavy charred oak barrel that they are known for.  Unlike some distillers who use staves to finish the whiskey, however, Woodford uses new barrels to do the second aging, with them this time around being lightly charred, but heavy toasted.

Official distillery tasting notes for Double Oaked:

Proof: 90.4°
Color: Deep Amber
Aroma: Rich notes of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan and toasted oak
Taste: A full-bodied mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices
Finish: Long and creamy with lingering hints of honeyed apple

My tasting notes

Color: Dark amber
Nose: Caramel, smoky oak, figs, vanilla and almond
Pallet: Velvety texture, oak, caramel, spice, smooth and balanced
Finish:   Spice, medium long, smoky oak

Total Score: 87

This is fine bourbon as it is soft and mellow, and can stand apart from the crowd, but at $40-$45 per bottle, I expected something that was going to wow me.  I think I like the normal Woodford Reserve better.  This is best suited to folks who are new to the bourbon scene and want a nice mellow bourbon, or on those late nights sitting around a fire pit talking with close friends.

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