Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

After 16 years on the market, the first permanent line extension of the Woodford Reserve brand came in February 2012 with the release of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked starts with a fully aged Woodford Reserve at an average age of around 7 years old. This Woodford is then dumped into deeply toasted and lightly charred barrels specially created by Brown-Forman's own cooperage to age the Bourbon for about another year.  The double exposure to wood creates a more mature flavor, although I am not sure that's necessarily a good thing in this case.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Labrot & Graham Distiller's Company
90.4 proof
$50 at ABC in Salisbury, NC

Color: Deep, rich amber much like the Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select.

Nose: Caramel, toffee, spices, green wood, sweet BBQ sauce, floral, creamier than WR.

Tasting notes: Caramel, honey, oranges, a tartness that lasts until the blast of oak, some corn, leather, and a bitter/peppery finish.  Very bitter.

Overall: B-. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked let me down.  It is a step back from the Woodford Reserve experience, chiefly because of the bitter finish.  The flavors are a bit more complex and I enjoyed sipping it and identifying flavors, but the finish is just kind of weird.

Peer Reviews:

Bourbon Guy

Whiskey Jug