1
of wine : having the characteristics of being aged in oak casks
an oaky chardonnay
2
: of, relating to, or having many oaks
an oaky forest
oakiness noun

Examples of oaky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was bottled at cask strength of 112 proof, and has notes of fruit, tobacco, spice, and oaky sweetness on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 29 Jan. 2024 There are some who won’t drink Kentucky bourbon aged for more than about 12 years, pointing to the fact that the climate there will lead to overly tannic, extremely oaky whiskey that has lost its delicate character and complexity. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2023 The whiskey is a rich and oaky sipper with bit of heat due to the fact that it’s bottled at 110 proof. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 1 June 2023 The palate explodes with dark berries and loads of caramel and butterscotch, along with some dark chocolate and strong oaky tannins. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2022 There is a nice balance of barrel ages, as the liquid reads neither young and green nor oaky and old, occupying a happy middle ground instead. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 11 Dec. 2022 The wines have a distinctly different character than the oaky, buttery style that is more prevalent in Napa Valley and further south in Burgundy. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 1 Nov. 2022 Its rich and oaky notes will deliver a memorable sip to savor all night long. Ni'kesia Pannell, Woman's Day, 14 Sep. 2022 This blend is dark and oaky with lots of flavors—great for a crisp fall evening by the campfire. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of oaky was in 1632

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“Oaky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oaky. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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