Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Age Statement: NAS
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is a reminder of "where I came from" and "where I'm going." One of the first distilleries I got to visit was Woodford Reserve. At the time I was very familiar with their usual offering, but when I did the distillery tour years ago, they introduced me to this Double Oaked bottle. I was young in my whiskey journey at the time and I was very impressed with this bottle. That was about eight years ago, and I still find myself reaching for this bottle often. I think now it's time to give it an official review.
The nose begins with darker notes. Oak, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla all appear immediately for me. A very pleasant nose that I keep going back to. The oak appears first on the palate, no surprise here as this is a double-oaked product. It is followed by toasted marshmallows and chocolate. Sipping this whiskey reminds me of a campfire. Not in taste, but in experience. The notes of a campfire might be the wood, maybe toasting marshmallows or making s'mores. That's where this pour is taking me.
Adding a couple drops of water emphasized more of the honey notes for me on the nose and the palate. It turned the darker feel to this pour, to a brighter pour. If the oak flavor is too much for you initially, you might consider adding a few drops of water to your glass. This has a medium finish that is shockingly warming at 45.2% ABV.
Overall, I am still just as impressed with this bottle as I was when I first discovered it. I definitely believe this bottle should be in your collection. Whether you have guests over that are new to bourbon, or an experienced whiskey drinker, I believe they would all appreciate this bottle the same. We each have certain bottles that remind us of a certain time or experience. For me, this bottle reminds me of starting my bourbon journey and spending time touring distilleries with friends and family. Cheers!