Is Woodford Double oak a single barrel?

Answered by James Kissner

Woodford Reserve’s Double Oaked Single Barrel is indeed a single barrel bourbon whiskey. This means that each barrel of this particular expression is bottled individually, resulting in slight variations in flavor and character between barrels. This is in contrast to a blended whiskey, where multiple barrels are mixed together to achieve a consistent flavor profile.

The term “double oaked” refers to the unique aging process that this bourbon undergoes. After the initial maturation period in charred oak barrels, the whiskey is transferred to a second set of new, heavily toasted and lightly charred oak barrels for additional aging. This additional maturation imparts rich, deep flavors and enhances the whiskey’s complexity.

Woodford Reserve offers customers the opportunity to purchase their own barrel of Double Oaked Single Barrel. Each barrel typically produces around 216 standard-sized bottles (750ml). This allows enthusiasts and collectors to have a unique and exclusive bottling that is distinct from the regular release.

The mashbill of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Single Barrel consists of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% barley. The high corn content contributes to the bourbon’s sweetness, while the rye adds spice and the barley helps with fermentation and flavor development.

Woodford Reserve is known for its attention to detail and craftsmanship, and the Double Oaked Single Barrel expression is no exception. The whiskey is bottled at 90.4 proof, or 45.2% alcohol by volume (ABV). This proofing is carefully chosen to showcase the flavors and aromas of the bourbon while maintaining a smooth and approachable drinking experience.

Personal experience: I have had the pleasure of tasting Woodford Reserve’s Double Oaked Single Barrel on a few occasions, and each time I have been impressed by its depth and richness. The double barrel aging process truly adds another layer of complexity to the bourbon, with notes of caramel, vanilla, toasted oak, and baking spices. The higher proof also amplifies the flavors, providing a robust and satisfying sip.

Woodford Reserve’s Double Oaked Single Barrel is a fantastic expression for bourbon enthusiasts who appreciate the nuances and individuality that comes with single barrel bottlings. Its unique aging process and carefully crafted mashbill make it a standout among other bourbons on the market.