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Woodford Reserve vs Woodford Reserve Double Oaked: Which Wins?

Discover the differences between Woodford Reserve vs Woodford Reserve Double Oaked in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!

Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon

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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 toKnob Creek, Four Roses Single Barrel

Woodford Reserve (Review) 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 caramel sweetness, along oak, and satisfying warmth that lingers.

The Woodford Reserve Bourbon is nicely balanced, body is creamy and does not have any off-putting or troubling notes.

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 when served rocks or in a Mint Julep as if you were in Churchill Downs watching the Kentucky Derby.

I find it somewhat weak to make great cocktails making me prefer the Woodford Reserve Rye, whose rich rye content makes cocktails more rewarding.

Consider further options by reading my post with the best replacements to the Woodford Reserve.

  • Woodford’s mash bill is made from 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% barley.
  • Aged 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.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

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NoseOak, butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar
PalateVanilla, caramel, brown sugar, old leather
FinishLong, vanilla, butterscotch, espresso coffee
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toMaker’s Mark 46, Old Forester 1910

There is initial heat on the nose, but as you let it develop it brings oak, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar.

On the palate, the initial sip feels warm giving way to a rich vanilla flavor, with hints of caramel, brown sugar, old leather and barrel char.

Body displays a nice buttery feel. Finish is long and warming, rich in vanilla, butterscotch and a hint that reminds of an espresso coffee.

The additional barreling made the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked sweeter, richer in vanilla and butterscotch although a bit warmer but not harsh by any means.

This is the kinda heat that sits well warming the chest making it a very satisfying pour.

Drink it neat or drink it rocks. If you are looking for a mixer I would not use neither the traditional Woodford Reserve nor the Double Oaked but the Woodford Rye.

Rye Whiskey provides better cocktails 😉

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

  • Aged for 7 years at first followed by a second aging of 9 months.
  • Earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.
  • Woodford Reserve is owned by Brown Forman who also owns Jack Daniel’s.

What’s the difference between the regular Woodford Reserve and Double Oaked?

The Double Oaked was given a second aging in barrels that have been toasted twice as long, but charred much more lightly than the other casks, for an additional 9 months.

Woodford Reserve vs Woodford Reserve Double Oaked: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskeyPrice
Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon$40
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked$60

Woodford Reserve vs Double Oaked: Which is better?

Double Oaked is an upgrade

WhiskeyWoodford ReserveDouble Oaked
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Value
  • Those additional 9 months of aging made this whiskey sweeter by bringing more vanilla and butterscotch along charred oak.
  • It feels a bit warmer which is weird as it has the same proof, but is not harsh making an entirely pleasing drinker.
  • Is it worth the upcharge??? I think it does, the Double Oaked is an upgrade well worth trying if you have already tasted the old-good Woodford Reserve.

Learn more about this brand by reading my post: Discover the Best Woodford Reserve Bourbon where I rank every bottle!

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