A Fan Favorite Woodford Bourbon is Coming Back to the Distillery this Week

Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked. Photo courtesy Woodford Reserve.

UPDATE: Wed Jan 27 4pm, Double Double Oak has SOLD OUT at Woodford Reserve Distillery per press release from WR.

The first limited edition release of the year has arrived in the whiskey world, and its a fan favorite. Woodford Double Double Oaked is returning to the distillery this Wednesday, January 27th.

The Distillery Series, home to Double Double Oaked, Five Wood, and more, is a place for Master Distiller Chris Morris to experiment with mash bills, blending, and more. While most are one-time-only releases, Double Double Oaked is so popular that the distillery has made it an annual one (they’re bottled at the end of each year and released each January, so this week’s release will say 2020). These rare and limited 375ml releases are only available at the distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky, as well as at select local Kentucky retailers.

Double Double Oaked begins with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, finished for a full year longer than the distillery’s Double Oaked in a second heavily toasted, lightly charred, new oak barrel. The extra year in the barrel creates a bourbon that is distinctly spicier than its original counterpart, known for its sweeter taste and finish, Morris said.

Tasting notes from the distillery describe “a robust medley of rich maple syrup, dark butterscotch, brittle caramel, bittersweet chocolate, burnt marshmallow and sweet hickory smoke notes dominate the nose.” On the palate, we’re told to expect “rich dried cherry and cranberry fruit swim in a blackberry jam brightened with hints of ripe apple. Chai tea and warming clove notes develop to spice up the palate” with a finish that is “warm and drying with a lingering clove character.”

Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked will be available at Woodford Reserve Distillery starting 10:00 AM EDT, Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Customers may purchase up to four 375ml bottles for $50 each. Due to COVID restrictions, the distillery will be reducing the number of guests inside the gift shop. They warn that people should dress for the possibility of standing outside in a line. Facial coverings, temperature checks, and social distancing will be required once inside. The distillery also notes that the gift shop does not ship, hold, or reserve bottles, and cannot accept credit cards over the phone or through email. All sales must be in person.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.