American Whiskey - Bourbon

Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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96th Percentile
This score falls in the 96th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Proof66 Notes

The original Woodford Reserve bourbon is "handcrafted" in "small batches" but has become a very popular and leading premium bourbon. The Woodford Reserve "Double Oaked" expression is a more recent take on the classic bourbon. The bourbon is aged separately in two different barrels:

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This bottle has 12 ratings and 12 reviews.
Irishman Irishman (323)
Rating: 0.5 (2016-10-16)[Updated Review]
I couldn't agree more with Degbert, but I hated it so much that I can't give it anything but 1 star. This is absolutely bitter and medicinal. Almost to the point that it tastes like Chloroseptic Throat Spray. That's not a good thing. All I have now is a $40 bottle of grease cleaner.
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gregor (2015-03-25):
Irishman, try adding a teaspoon of real maple syrup to the bottle and let it settle for 24 hours.

Irishman (2015-03-28):
At $50 a bottle, one would hope to not have to do something like that. However, I did try some agave syrup in a double on the rocks and while it did sweeten things up a bit, the flavors still aren't mixing very nicely. I agree with what Phizbin stated below, I don't like buying a $50 mixing whiskey either.

Gregor (2015-04-11):
Well, the reality is, you're stuck with it and a teaspoon of maple syrup would make it drinkable. Good luck.

KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (232)
Rating: 4.7 (2016-10-12)
I love regular Woodford as much as anybody. But I am completely amazed at how different the Double Oaked is compared to the original. The only similarity I get is the heavy butterscotch nose and taste. Big, thick arrival of baked peaches wrapped in smokey marshmallow - very unique flavor profile. I really did enjoy this whiskey, hence the high rating, but unsure how soon I'll fork over close to $60 before I buy it again.
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Armadillo7 Armadillo7 (-18)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-06-25)
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jaketaz jaketaz (211)
Rating: 2.0 (2015-08-26)
If you want to know what it tastes like, just imagine the regular Woodford that you like but with twice the char for no reason. They took something that is a pretty tasty mix of all the things that make a good bourbon good, and then zeroed in on only one of them without regard to balance. I happily drink 134-proof Stagg Jr, but when I take a sip of Woodford Double Oaked I go "whew that burns". The only thing it's suitable for is a Julep with extra simple syrup, which of course you could make with any of 6 or 7 different (better) bottles of $20-or-under whiskeys.
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degbert degbert (206)
Rating: 2.0 (2014-06-13)
I am a big fan of regular Woodford. This, however, was just too much of a good thing. It was bitter, acrid, and almost phenolic and medicinal. Bourbon should be integrated and at least make a pretense of smoothness; this failed utterly in that, being a spiky jumble of mismatched flavors. All that keeps it from a one rating is that essentially it has the solid core of being Woodford -- but like the roe at the center of a sea urchin, there's a lot of sharp and spiny bits to get through first.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Phizbin Phizbin (362)
Rating: 2.0 (2014-06-02)
I think I know why the critics loved it: If you spit, it tastes pretty good, all sweetness caramel and honey. Nice. But swallowing is a different story. The finish on the far back of the palate is acrid bitterness, very much like Campari. I don't like it. Mixing cakes it quite a bit but I don't like buying a$50 mixing whiskey.
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spezbaby spezbaby (36)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-05-05)
Much more complex than Woodford, but maybe not as drinkable.
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scollings scollings (97)
Rating: 2.0 (2014-04-28)
I agree with Allan's observations regarding this one: It is quite bitter. It is over-oaked for my taste.
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TWoman TWoman (45)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-03-07)
I recently tasted this alongside other, similarly priced bourbons. (Buffalo Trace, Burnside). All tasters agreed that this was the favorite .
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ACardAttack ACardAttack (2)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-07-24)
Good, not too dry very sipable
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Allan Allan (207)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-06-22)
I love the regular Woodford Reserve so I had to try this. Problem is I think they tried to hard with this one. Just not as smooth as the regular Reserve and I get kind of a burnt sugar bitterness that makes me wince just a bit on entry and follows through the finish.
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scalihan scalihan (44)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-09-29)
Tastes like butter! Very nice.
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