Innovation in ageing creates new Woodford Reserve bourbon

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A new variant of small-batch bourbon Woodford Reserve is to be launched featuring a second maturation in a heavily charred barrel to add more complexity.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is a permanent extension of its Distiller’s Select whiskey and was inspired by the success of the different ageing methods used in the brand’s Seasoned Oak Master’s Collection.

Master distiller Chris Morris has taken fully matured Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, reduced the barrel proof and added it to a second barrel for a further six to 12 months.

The second barrel has been given an “extreme toast”, which is at least twice the level of Distiller’s Select, and then “flashed charred” for a matter of seconds to create a barrel that creates a further level of complexity.

The result is a taste that has mixes of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple and spices with a long and creamy finish with lingering hints of honeyed apple.

Chris said: “Maturation in a new, charred oak barrel provides Woodford Reserve with all of its natural colour and a great deal of its award-winning flavour.

“This Double Oaked expression has been uniquely matured in two separate, custom crafted barrels. The second was deeply toasted before its light charring. The double barrelling of mature Woodford Reserve in this unique barrel allows the spirit to extract an additional amount of soft, sweet oak character.”

Available in the UK through Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB), Woodford Reserve Double Oaked comes in 75cl bottles at 45.2% ABV.

Nidal Ramini, head of advocacy at BBFB, said: “Woodford Reserve has long produced award-winning whiskey with a legacy of craftsmanship and innovation.

The distinctive flavour of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is sure to excite fans whilst the bottles will look fantastic on any back bar, making Woodford Reserve Double Oaked a sure hit with whiskey connoisseurs and bartender collectors alike.”

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