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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

4th Mar 2021


Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
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I reviewed Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select and liked it well enough. It didn't change my life, but I had absolutely no complaints. The standard offering from Woodford "tastes like bourbon". That may sound ridiculous, but it's the simple truth.Woodford Double Oaked is basically the regular Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select re-barrelled in a second virgin oak barrel for a little under a year. The second barrel used is deeply toasted before being lightly charred. So what's the pricier ($20 more, to be precise) Woodford like? Is it worth the price tag?

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  • Nose: caramel, vanilla, orange zest, toasted oak, cotton candy, some cherry sweet tarts, a touch of nuttiness, maybe some very floral honey
  • Palate: medium bodied, brown sugar, caramel, marshmallows, a bit of icing sugar, hazelnuts
  • Finish: medium length, sweet, vanilla frosting, blueberries, leather, icing sugar, a touch of orange zest, toasted oak lingers
  • Thoughts: It’s funny; this isn’t the most complex bourbon I’ve ever tasted but I really dig it. Every sip makes me think “Yes! THIS I like!” No off notes. Nothing harsh, yet not bland or watery. Definitely worth keeping around. Well done, Woodford. Well done.

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casualtorture commented

I did enjoy this one a lot when I tried a glass out of a friend's bottle. Didn't care for the regular that much, and especially didn't care for the rye (it was weak), but this one I'd buy for sure at the right price. There is a store about 15miles away that occasionally will do a store pick but I have missed the last 2.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@casualtorture I agree re:the rye. It was “just ok” to me. More like a high rye bourbon than a big spicy rye.

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Megawatt commented

Not a big Woodford fan, but I've been hearing good things about the Double Oaked and I just picked one up at $10 off. Man, is it ever good. Very spicy neat, but water brings out lots of sweetness and a light toasty pipe smoke note.

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