Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

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  • Distiller:

    Woodford Reserve

  • Bottler:

    Woodford Reserve

  • ABV:

    45.2%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: For everyone else who may ignore this line from Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is worth a try for its surprisingly easy-to-enjoy flavor profile.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Fruity caramel paired with oak and corn that stays consistent through a long slow finish.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: 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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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Notes of cinnamon stick, dark berried fruit, roasted nuts, caramel, creamy vanilla, and polished leather.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Very rich and complex. If anything, this tastes like classic Woodford, but more spruced up. In a good way.
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: The equivalent to a Big Mac with triple bacon and double cheese. You just despise the idea, and yet, when you’re alone and no one can see you…
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: I like it just fine, but the premium pricing over standard Woodford (which is a better whiskey as it stands) is a tough sell.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Overall, this performs nicely. The addition of further maturation shows clearly through the bold tannin structure, especially in the finish. The palate has quite a bit going on, and shows up with a satisfyingly silky texture. The finish is a bit dry for me, but this will be a huge hit for those who prefer, sweet and dry, tannic bourbons.
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  • Intro:

    Todays whiskey review is a release that's been around for quite some time but always eluded a review from me. Woodford Double Oaked is a NAS release from Woodford Reserve, owned by Brown-Forman, that sees a second maturation in a toasted barrel with light charring after initial maturation. This is bottled at 45.2% ABV, with no word on filtering. Let's get to it.

  • Nose:

    Bright and sweet on the nose. Toffee, cocoa, some fudge and then a bright fruit character. Peaches, red berries, a hint of orange. Vanilla bean restores balance, with a touch of oak.

  • Taste:

    Moderate mouthfeel on the palate. Sweet cocoa, heavy creme, light fudge notes. Pleasant oak structure that adds a bit of complexity, rather than pushing things to be tannic and bitter. Honey, oats, a hint of toffee.

  • Finish:

    Long, dry, oaky finish. Sweet with cream, oak and honey.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this performs nicely. The addition of further maturation shows clearly through the bold tannin structure, especially in the finish. The palate has quite a bit going on, and shows up with a satisfyingly silky texture. The finish is a bit dry for me, but this will be a huge hit for those who prefer, sweet and dry, tannic bourbons.

  • Score:

    6

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