Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
90.4 proof (same as Woodford Reserve)
The first addition to Woodford Reserve’s permanent product line is created by aging the bourbon in two custom-made barrels – the second barrel toasted twice as long as the first and only lightly charred.
Aroma: Cinnamon, vanilla; spicy and a little nutty.
Taste: A lot of spice on the front – cinnamon, nutmeg. The flavor warms and intensifies a bit mid-palate, not unlike a red hot, but it’s balanced with sweet hints of vanilla and caramel. Smooth, dry finish with a lingering taste of oak (duh).
Verdict: Considering the name, the Double Oaked had less of an oak presence than I expected. It’s spicier than Woodford Reserve, but not fiery; like the original recipe, this is a very balanced bourbon. I liked it well enough that I’d order it again at a bar, but I’m not sure I’d purchase a bottle of Double Oaked over a bottle of Woodford, especially considering the price difference ($50 versus around $34).
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