Woodford Reserve Double Oaked vs Woodford Distiller’s Select is a hotly debated topic in my house. I much prefer the more earthy and robust flavors of the Double Wood where as my wife likes the softer sweeter flavors of the Distiller’s Select. There is no right or wrong answer really, but I like to think I’m right (because I am).
Truthfully, either way you go it’s a good decision as they are both tasty and come from a storied distillery where the infamous Dr. Crow once worked on perfecting the bourbon making process. To me the Double Oaked has a significantly more robust flavor that stands up to being put on the rocks and in my opinion makes one of the best bourbon Manhattans around.
Overall this is a great whiskey that is well balanced with the savory earthy notes pairing very nicely with the sweet candy flavors that naturally come in a bourbon. My one qualm with the Distiller’s Select is that the sweet hangs a little heavy, but the double oaking definitely rights that in the case of the Woodford Reserve. While it does sit at 1.5x the price of it’s single oaked brother I feel like it’s completely worth the extra money, even though it’s not my go-to at this price range, as it’s a deeper and richer bourbon that I could sip on all night long.
Have you tried the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked? If so leave your own thoughts or tasting notes in the comments below.
Woodford Reserve Double Wood Review
Distiller: Woodford Reserve
Dark caramel with excellent ruby hints
Caramel, vanilla and oak. It has such a great classic bourbon nose that I just want to sit and sniff it for hours. Coming up behind the big three are hints of orange, butterscotch, mint, sweet tobacco and a slightly astringent pine.
Caramel, cinnamon, clove, corn and solid oak make up the bulk of the flavors. Pepper and leather are brought out by the rye which is very apparent in this one. Add a dash of vanilla and cherries and you have yourself one hell of a flavor profile.
A little rougher than the Distiller’s Select. Still round and easy neat, but not as smooth and a little more dry than it’s brother.
Fruity caramel paired with oak and corn that stays consistent through a long slow finish.