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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked


  • Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

An interesting twist on Woodford Reserve’s classic straight bourbon. The whiskey is first matured in new charred white oak barrels, as usual, but before bottling is transferred to special heavily toasted, lightly charred finishing barrel. This gives it quite a different flavour to normal, with lots of spicy oak coming through on the palate.

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Toasting is an essential process by which heat is applied to the cask staves in order to bend them into shape. The heat penetrates deep into the wood, softening the oak tannins and breaking down wood sugars to release caramel, spice, coconut and vanilla notes into the spirit. The harder you toast, the more flavour you get – in particular vanilla and spice. Toasted, uncharred barrels are great for creating punchy, spicy spirits without the round edges created by the addition of char.


Charring is, as the name suggests, going further than toasting and briefly applying flame directly to the wood. This creates a shallow layer of carbon ash on the surface of the stave which acts as a filter for the harsher elements within the whiskey, making it smoother. The sugars in the wood are also caramelised during charring, so you get more sweet caramel flavours, coconut and honey flavours from a charred barrel.


The second cask used to mature Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is heavily toasted and lightly charred – but what’s the difference between those two terms, and how does it affect the whiskey?

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