We have spoken a bit about Woodford Reserve at BEXSONN on numerous occasions and you can see those tasting notes, here, here, here and again here. But now the long-awaited Double Oaked has landed! The award-winning expression has finally touched down in the UK and this will come as a delight to many Bourbon fans – me included. Continuing Kentucky bourbon’s tradition of creating rare whiskeys, Double Oaked celebrates Labrot & Grahams craftsmanship and this newest expression will surely be greeted by many bourbon/whiskey connoisseur’s alike.
Created by Woodford’s master distiller, Chris Morris, it starts life out as a fully matured Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select but the whiskey is then transferred into a second, heavily toasted barrel, where it is matured for a further 12 months – which lends to its smooth and balanced flavour.
On the nose: you’ll be hit with an intense waft of sweet toffee apples, followed by chocolate and honey. Notes of vanilla will start to filter through, followed by some spicy notes, walnuts and rich oak. Right at the end was an ever so light note of lavender. On the palate: those sweet toffee apple notes follow through to the palate, along with the vanilla and honey. Flavours of marzipan and mixed fruits start to emerge, followed by cinnamon and cardamoms. The finish: is long, creamy, honeyed, with lingering apple and oak.
The verdict: a very well-balanced bourbon, that is everything you’d expect from Woodford Reserve and more. The notes are delightful, uncomplicated and has just the right amount of sweetness, oak and spicy edge. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked has an ABV of 43.2% and in my opinion, works well neat, on the rocks, in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan.
[col2]Old Fashioned: In an Old Fashioned glass. 4 dashes of Angostura bitters. Pour 10ml of liquid sugar cane. Fill with ice. Pour in 45ml of Woodford Reserve Double Oak. Mix and garnish with a twist of orange[/col2]
[col2]Woodford Reserve Manhattan: Stir ingredients in a mixing glass over ice. Pour 50ml of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. 20ml Sweet Vermouth. 2 dashes of angostura/aromatic bitters. Mix and garnish with a twist of orange or maraschino cherries[/col2]
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon Whiskey can be found at Fortnum & Mason, The Whisky Shop, Harvey Nichols and various well-stocked whisky stores for approximately £50
For more information on Double Oaked, please visit the official Woodford Reserve website.