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Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked: A Twice-Toasted Journey in Flavour

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, isn't your average bourbon. It takes the classic Woodford Reserve experience and elevates it to new heights with an innovative double-barreling process. This unique approach results in a captivatingly rich and nuanced flavour profile, making it a favourite among bourbon enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike.

A Toast to Tradition: The Woodford Reserve Legacy

Before delving into the world of Double Oaked, it's important to understand the foundation upon which it's built. Woodford Reserve, established in 1812, is renowned for its commitment to quality and tradition. Their core bourbon expression undergoes a meticulous crafting process, starting with the selection of the finest grains and culminating in ageing within new, charred white oak barrels. This traditional process lays the groundwork for the complex flavours that Double Oaked builds upon.

The Double Oaking Distinction: Unveiling a New Dimension of Flavour

What sets Double Oaked apart is its unique double-barreling process. After undergoing the initial maturation in new, charred oak barrels like its classic counterpart, Double Oaked embarks on a second journey. It is then transferred to specially crafted barrels that have undergone a deep toasting process followed by a light char. This additional step plays a crucial role in shaping the final flavour profile.

Deep Toast, Delectable Flavours: Unpacking the Double Oaked Experience

The deep toasting process used in the second barrel unlocks a whole new spectrum of flavours within the bourbon. This toasting breaks down the wood's internal sugars, caramelising them and creating a richer, sweeter character. The light char, on the other hand, adds a subtle smokiness without overpowering the delicate sweetness extracted from the toasting.

This unique combination translates into a truly distinct tasting experience. On the nose, Double Oaked presents a bouquet of rich dark fruits, like plums and cherries, alongside notes of caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan, and even toasted oak. The palate is a full-bodied symphony of flavours, encompassing vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit, and spices. The finish is long and creamy, leaving behind lingering hints of honeyed apple.

Beyond the Bottle: Serving and Savouring Double Oaked

The versatility of Double Oaked makes it a perfect choice for various drinking preferences. You can enjoy it neat to fully appreciate the intricate layers of flavour, or on the rocks to bring out the sweeter notes. Double Oaked also shines in classic cocktails, adding depth and complexity to beverages like the Old Fashioned or the Manhattan.

A Toast to Distinction: Accolades and Recognition

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked hasn't gone unnoticed. Since its introduction, it has garnered numerous awards and accolades, solidifying its position as a top-shelf bourbon. Some notable recognitions include:

  • Gold Medal at the 2017 The Spirits Business American Whiskey Masters
  • 91 points rating from Wine Enthusiast
  • "Highly Recommended" rating from The Whisky Advocate

The Final Sip: A Toast to a Remarkable Bourbon

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is a testament to the brand's commitment to innovation and its relentless pursuit of exceptional flavour. The unique double-barreling process elevates the classic Woodford Reserve experience, resulting in a bourbon that is both familiar and strikingly different. Whether you're a seasoned bourbon drinker or a curious newcomer, Double Oaked offers a journey of delightful discovery, waiting to be savoured sip by sip.

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