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Review: Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is a bourbon whiskey produced by the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. As its name suggests, the whiskey undergoes a unique double barrel aging process, where it is first aged in new, charred oak barrels before being transferred to a second barrel that has been toasted rather than charred. This extra step adds an extra layer of complexity to the whiskey, giving it a rich and smooth flavor profile that sets it apart from other bourbons.


  • Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2015

  • Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2017

  • Double Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2016

The Basics

  • ABV: 45.2%

  • Cask: New American Oak

  • Nose: Sweet aroma of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch, with hints of spice and oak

  • Taste: Smooth and full-bodied, with notes of honey, toffee, and dark chocolate, along with a subtle smokiness and a touch of nuttiness

  • Finish: Long and warm, with a pleasant lingering sweetness that is balanced by a hint of bitterness from the oak


Chris' Opinion: Woodford Reserve Double Oaked stands out as one of my favorites. The double barrel aging process gives it a unique flavor profile that is both complex and balanced. On the nose, I can detect the sweet vanilla and caramel notes, along with the subtle spiciness and oakiness that add depth to the aroma. The taste is smooth and full-bodied, with a rich sweetness that is complemented by the dark chocolate and nutty undertones. The finish is long and satisfying, with just the right amount of warmth and bitterness. Overall, I find Woodford Reserve Double Oaked to be a top-notch bourbon whiskey that is perfect for sipping neat or over ice.

Dan's Opinion: I was excited to try Woodford Reserve Double Oaked based on its reputation and awards. I have to say, I was not disappointed. The aroma was pleasant and inviting, with a sweet vanilla scent that made me eager to take a sip. On the palate, I was struck by the smoothness and balance of the flavors. The sweetness was prominent, but not overwhelming, and I could detect the subtle hints of chocolate and nuttiness as well. The finish was warm and satisfying, with a pleasant aftertaste that lingered. Overall, I think Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is a great bourbon whiskey for anyone who is new to the world of whiskey or looking to try something new and different.

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