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Widow Jane vs Woodford Reserve: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Widow Jane vs Woodford Reserve in this head to head comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!

Widow Jane 10 Year

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NoseCaramel, oak, cough syrup
PalateOak, honey, caramel, cherry
FinishOak, cherry
Alcohol content91 proof (45.5% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toEagle Rare, Angel’s Envy

The nose is sweet, with a rich caramel note, followed by toasted oak and a hit of cough syrup.

On the palate, the Widow Jane has a decent body. Flavor provides a light toasted oak note at first, followed by honey, caramel and a medicinal cherry note.

The finish is long, bringing more of that oaky note, with pleasant warmth, leaving a Dr. Pepper aftertaste.

The Widow Jane has some weird notes that remind of cough syrup and Dr. Pepper but it drinks quite nicely neat, though.

Smooth mouthfeel, with a nice toasty oak note up-front and the right amount of heat at the end making it quite enjoyable.

Not an easy whiskey as it provides some notes that might be off-putting for some; this is the kind of whiskey that you either love or hate.

The price might seem a bit high at first but is not bad for a 10 year non-chill filtered bourbon.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Widow Jane 10 Year:

  • Aged for 10 years.
  • Sourced from undisclosed distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee and from MGP of Indiana, where most rye whiskeys are crafted.
  • Mashbill is undisclosed.
  • The blend is aged and proofed in the state of New York using pure limestone water.
  • Widow Jane Distillery was founded in 2012 and is owned by Cacao Prieto.
  • Cacao Prieto was founded by Daniel Prieto Preston, an inventor and aerospace engineer, whose family has been farming organic cacao in the Dominican Republic for more than 100 years.

Woodford Reserve

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NoseMint, honey, vanilla, citrus
PalateSweet oak, cinnamon, mint, ripe fruit
FinishOak, caramel, baking spice
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toJefferson’s Reserve, Uncle Nearest

Woodford Reserve (Alternatives) is pleasant and subtle on the nose, with hints of wood, mint, vanilla and caramel.

Palate is sweet and spicy yet entirely smooth. Some oak up front, but in moderation, along cinnamon, mint, and a sweet fruity note.

The finish brings additional sweetness, along oak, and satisfying warmth that lingers.

This bourbon is nicely balanced, body is creamy and does not have any off-putting or demanding notes reasons to make it one of the best-selling whiskeys.

It makes a great sipper due to its smoothness and is yet spicy due to rich cinnamon notes.

This is a sweet and mellow bourbon with the right level of heat that drinkers of all levels will appreciate alike.

Excellent everyday bourbon, smooth and clean, good both neat and on ice.

I find it somewhat weak to make great cocktails. I’d rather use the Woodford Reserve Rye that has many tasting notes in common but with additional rye in the mash making it more spicy and punchy.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Woodford Reserve:

  • Mash is made from 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% barley
  • This bourbon ages for 7 years in one of the few warehouses that uses heat cycling. This process involves cooling and heating the air to closely control the aging.
  • Earned gold and double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • The brand belongs to Brown-Forman who also owns Jack Daniel’s, Herradura Tequila, Old Forester and a few other brands.

Widow Jane vs Woodford Reserve: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskeyPrice
Widow Jane$77
Woodford Reserve$40

Widow Jane vs Woodford Reserve: Which is better?

Woodford Reserve is an easier to drink whiskey than the Widow Jane

WhiskeyWidow JaneWoodford Reserve
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Value
  • Woodford Reserve is a safer bet than the Widow Jane. It has all the right flavors, with the right amount of warmth and pleasant oak, and most importantly nothing off-putting making a satisfying easy drinker.
  • The Widow Jane is a risky bourbon, as risky as its name. It has cough syrup and Dr. Pepper notes that demand a specific type of aficionado to enjoy it.

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