1. Woodford Reserve Master's Collection No.4 Seasoned Oak Finish Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof100,4 (50.2% ABV)
    Nestled amid the rolling hills of bluegrass and thoroughbred farms sits one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries. The iconic Woodford Reserve Distillery sits on the grounds of a National historic landmark. It is Kentucky’s oldest distilling site where the legendary Elijah Pepper began crafting whiskey in 1812, beginning a dynastic legacy in Kentucky Bourbon. It was on this same sacred soil that years later, Master Distiller James Christopher Crow developed his whiskey-making methods, alongside Oscar Pepper, “which today have become common practice, including the implementation of sour mash into fermentation.” Revolutionizing concepts of sour mash and yeast propagation, and modernizing the process of whiskey production in the US.

    Produced under the Brown-Forman Corporation, Woodford Reserve Bourbons are premium spirits crafted in small batches and aged in new char oak barrels. This artisanal process allows them to “craft using all five sources of bourbon flavor, giving it its distinct taste and crisp, clean finish.” Woodford Reserve’s Distillery houses an impressive 500-foot-long gravity-fed barrel run, along with their iconic copper pot stills, and 100-year-old cypress wood fermenters. Their facility also has one of the only heat-cycled barrelhouses in the world. An impressive mechanism that gives Woodford Reserve its color and signature flavor.

    The fourth release in the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection was released in 2009. This expression was aged 7 years in new charred American oak before being finished for 8 months in well-seasoned oak casks that were air-dried for 3 to 5 years ― many times more than is usual. The whiskey was bottled at 100.4 proof.

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    The whiskey opens sweet with complex aromas of oak spice and wood. The palate is complex and sweet with caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and hints of nuts. Vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and hints of tobacco follow, culminating in a complex finish with lingering notes.
  2. Wild Turkey Master's Keep One Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof101 (50.5% ABV)
    Following the end of the American Civil War, the Ripy Brothers returned to their native state of Kentucky and together, opened a distillery on the slopes of a hill in Lawrenceburg. The distillery operated continuously for nearly fifty years until the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol in the United States, was ratified. Following the end of Prohibition, the Ripy Brothers Distillery was reopened and a distillery executive named Thomas McCarthy took samples of maturing whiskey from the distillery on a turkey hunt with a group of friends. The next year, his friends asked him to bring "some of that wild turkey whiskey" on their next hunt, giving birth to the distillery's new name.

    Today, Wild Turkey Distillery is stewarded by Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie Russell (together, the pair have over 90 years of experience producing bourbon). "I was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky," says Jimmy, "which was a small community when I was growing up, but there were four bourbon distilleries here, and you had families working all the distilleries. You wanted to get in the business. My grandfather and my father, me, and now my son, we've all been in the business.” Famous for the bold and spicy flavors the duo's higher-rye recipe and lower barrel entry proof produces, Wild Turkey uses only the best ingredients, which included 100% American grown non-GMO grains and limestone-filtered water from the Kentucky River.

    The premium Wild Turkey Master's Keep series features their oldest whiskey. Master's Keep One combines Jimmy's love of mid-aged bourbon with his son's passion for older whiskey. It's a combination of hand-selected bourbons aged between 9 and 10 years with a small batch of 14-year-old whiskey. The resulting blend was then finished in new oak casks that had been both toasted and charred, giving the 101-proof expression a unique touch.

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    It's a bold whiskey with a sweet nose of caramel, baked apple, honey, oak, and a touch of dark chocolate. The palate has toasted oak, toffee, vanilla, orange zest, and a pleasant sweetness with some gentle spice notes. The finish is medium and pleasantly warming with spice and wood.
  3. Pinhook Artist Series Release No. 2 Whiskey Nicking

    Proof112 (56% ABV)
    Lovingly handcrafted and aged in Kentucky, Pinhook Bourbon was established in 2014 and has produced several small-batch bottlings in their newly restored Castle & Key distillery in Frankfort, KY, to much critical acclaim. What makes their line unique is the brand’s three distinctive characteristics: its limited availability, mass appeal, and strong ties to Kentucky’s legacy of horse racing. Each release of Pinhook Bourbon is named after a thoroughbred owned by Bourbon Lane Stable. The label also features the horses’ racing records on their brand’s website.

    Every fall Pinhook features an annual vintage of Pinhook bourbons and ryes, each of which is inspired by a thoroughbred horse. Each blend is as unique as the horse on the label. "Pinhooking" refers to an old Kentucky term for purchasing young thoroughbreds, holding them until they mature, and selling them when they are ready to run. Successful pinhooks — much like whiskey — are made on instinct, experience, an appreciation of quality, and a little luck. Pinhook bourbons and ryes are handcrafted to reflect the richness of the Kentucky soil and the character of its beautiful horse country.

    The Artist Series celebrates the art of distilling, blending, and proofing. Each release in the series sees them commission a different renowned artist to adorn the bottle with a whiskey-inspired image. The second release in the series is a 6-barrel blend of bourbon and rye mash bills ― 3 different barrels of each. They bottled 1,476 bottles of this delicious whiskey at 112 proof, each featuring the stunning artwork of New York-based art director, illustrator, and designer Nicholas Blechman.

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    Expertly balanced and beautifully complex, this whiskey is floral with fruity aromas and honey on the nose. The palate is pleasantly sweet with caramel, spice, clove, and hints of nuts and licorice.
  4. Angel's Envy Cask Strength Bourbon

    Proof127.9 (63.95% ABV)
    After graduating college, Henderson joined Brown-Forman as a grain chemist and was eventually promoted to Master Distiller. During his 40-year tenure at Brown-Forman, Henderson honed his skills while developing new brands such as Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Jack Daniel Distillery "Gentleman Jack"and Jack Daniel Distillery Single Barrel Whiskey. In addition to being responsible for the development of new products, Henderson oversaw quality control, technical distillery supervision and sensory evaluation. "I never regretted a day when I had to go to work," says Henderson, who was awarded Malt Advocate's Lifetime Achievement Award and was an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.

    After retiring from Brown-Forman, Henderson decided to go rogue and launched Angel's Envy Bourbon. "Angel's Envy is a lot of things," says Henderson. "It's my life's work. It's a whiskey of incomparable smoothness. It takes into account over 200 years of bourbon heritage and mingles it with over 400 years of port wine heritage." The name is derived from the term "angel's share"- the portion of whiskey that evaporates as it ages in wooden barrels. After tasting the bourbon, Henderson realized that the angel's might want a larger cut.

    Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Finished in Port Wine Barrels represents the finest whiskey Angel’s Envy creates. Once in a great while, they discover what they call a honey barrel—it might be one in one hundred, but there’s just something exceptional about these barrels. Once they find the right flavor balance, Angel’s Envy blends them in small batches for their yearly Cask Release each autumn. Ranked the "Best Spirit in the World" by F. Paul Pacult’s 2013 Spirit Journal, every year’s release is utterly unique in its flavor profile.

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    Notes of vanilla and milk chocolate that complement touches of red fruits, light oak and berries. Finish is lush and full, with hints of raisins, dates and smoke.
  5. Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon 2021 Edition

    Proof100.4 (50.2% ABV)
    “I started this company to share my passion for unique, high-quality spirits,” says Joe Beatrice, founder of the independent bottler Barrell Craft Spirits, whose self-proclaimed goal is to find and curate the best barrels and batches of whiskey and rum, wherever they may be. To preserve the singular characteristics of each batch, Barrell bottles all their whiskeys at cask strength. “The complexity and concentration of flavor is greatest when the whiskey comes right from the barrel,” says Beatrice.

    With each batch being a limited release, their goal is to "explore different distillation methods, barrels, and aging environments". Their releases have garnered several of the most prestigious awards and won the hearts of bourbon lovers across the globe with whiskey authority Fred Minnick naming it Best American Whiskey of 2018.

    Only the best of the best ― the rarest ones that have had the most work poured into them ― get the Grey Label treatment. The 4th release in the series is a blend of refined casks, selected at their peak maturity. Distilled & aged in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, this cask-strength release was bottled at 100.4 proof in Kentucky.

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    The nose opens woody with hints of smoke, honeycomb, chocolate, leather, fruit, and herbal aromas. The palate is syrupy and sweet with cola, allspice, fennel, mint, oak spice, and fruit. The finish is dry and tannic with hints of tobacco, nuts, coffee, and jam.
  6. 1792 Sweet Wheat Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof91.2 Proof (45.6% ABV)
    In 1876, John D. Willett — one of Kentucky's original bourbon aristocrats — transferred his interest in the Willett & Frenke Distillery to his son-in-laws, Benjamin Mattingly and Thomas Moore. Mattingly and Moore continued to operate the Willett & Frenke Distillery together until 1881, when Mattingly finally sold his stake in the company to a group of investors. Within a few years, Thomas Moore acquired complete control over the distillery and eponymously renamed it. Moore would continue to operate the distillery for another five decades, until he was ultimately forced to close his doors at the onset of Prohibition.

    Today, the Barton 1792 Distillery operates on the same site as the historic Tom Moore Distillery, and continues to use the same methods that Moore used over a century ago when distilling his own bourbon.

    1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley. While the use of corn in the bourbon's recipe adds classic notes of buttered bread, biscuits and roasted nuts, the heavy use of rye in the bourbon's mashbill yields a more complex and full-bodied whiskey. After the grains are harvested, they are mashed and fermented before being distilled through a copper-pot still.

    After distillation, the bourbon is aged in new, American oak casks for a minimum of eight years in Warehouse Z on the distillery's estate in Bardstown, Kentucky. Warehouse Z is situated on the edge of a bluff and as a result, enjoys the intense heat and humidity that are ideal for maturing whiskey. "When it comes to barrel aging," says Ken Pierce, Barton 1792's master distiller, "it's just like real estate — location, location, location. That's why 1792 ages in Warehouse Z up there on the bluff." In addition, during the maturation process, Pierce samples each cask of bourbon as it rests to determine when the bourbon has reached its peak of maturity. "Quality in, quality out," says Pierce, who has over two decades of experience at the distillery.

    Once the bourbon has matured for a minimum of eight years, it is brought to proof with water drawn from the Tom Moore spring. The iron-free, Kentucky limestone water — the same water used by Moore over a century ago when crafting his own whiskey — adds a subtle touch of complexity and depth to the bourbon.

    1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which was named after the year that Kentucky achieved statehood in the United States, earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco Wine and Spirits Competition in 2011 and earned a score of 95 points — the same as Pappy Van Winkle's 23 Year Old Bourbon — at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012.

    "Hope you enjoy the taste as much as I do," says Pierce. Enjoy a great bourbon today!

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    Bold aroma of spices and rye. Initial notes of poached apples, pears and custard are balanced by notes of rye and lead to hints of coffee, butterscotch and mellow figs. Lingering, smooth finish that slightly warms.
  7. Bomberger's Declaration Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof108 (54% ABV)
    The Bomberger's Distillery legacy can be traced back to 1753, when two Swiss Mennonite farmers by the name of John and Michael Shenk began distilling rye whiskey on their farm near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The distillery was passed down through relatives of the Shenk family until 1860 when the distillery was purchased (and subsequently renamed) by Pennsylvania Dutchman Adam Bomberger, who owned and operated the distillery until Prohibition forced its closing in 1919. At that time, Bomberger's Distillery was the oldest operating distillery in the United States, and in many ways represented the transformation of whiskey distilling from an agricultural enterprise to a large-scale industrial one.

    Today, Bomberger Distillery is recognized as a national landmark and is undergoing a whiskey-making renaissance thanks to the stewardship of Dick Stoll, Bomberger's master distiller. Trained by Everett Beam himself, Stoll is the former master distiller of Pennsylvania Michter's, where he created the famed A.H. Hirsch Bourbon. Eric Wolfe, a business partner, involved in the revitalization of the Bomberger's brand, has said of Stoll, who is now in his 80s, "He knows so many things from doing this for decades, that he doesn't even know what he knows.” Bomberger’s bourbon is an incredibly balanced whiskey with smooth notes of caramel sweetness, charred oak, and citrus.

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    Notes of caramel, wet oak, and sweet honey and citrus zest on the nose. The palate is spicy with lightly charred oak, citrus, caramel sweetness, charred oak. The finish is smooth.
  8. Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon 2021 Edition

    Proof131.3 (65.65% abv)
    Situated on a rolling ranch in Texas Hill Country, Garrison Brothers Distillery was founded in 2005. The distillery is the oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas. "Like everything in the Lone Star State, our dreams were big from the start," says Dan Garrison, the distillery's owner. "We didn't want to make just any bourbon, we wanted to make the best bourbon ever made."

    Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from organic corn, wheat, and barley. "We get about 30,000 pounds of corn, wheat and barley delivered a month," says Garrison. "The wheat comes from our own fields — we have 65 acres of wheat on the other side of the property." In addition, the corn is harvested from local fields in Texas while the barley is sourced from the Pacific Northwest.

    Once the grains arrive at the distillery, they are milled and mashed before being fermented for four days. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled through an antique, copper pot still nicknamed the copper cowgirl. "She was made as an experimental still," says Garrison, "for Wild Turkey Distillery." After the bourbon has been distilled, it is aged in charred, American oak barrels. "The char softens the wood, and allows the bourbon to expand into the wood. When it gets hot — and it gets hot out here in Texas — that bourbon will soak deep into the wood and extract the chemical compounds that are in there.”

    The Cowboy Bourbon is an occasional release and one that keeps turning heads of bourbon lovers. These releases have them draw from some of their very best barrels that were hand-picked for a longer aging period. Master Distiller Donnis Todd & Dan Garrison set aside a couple of very special barrels, letting time work its magic on them. Once the whiskey is deemed perfect, it is bottled unfiltered and uncut at cask strength. 6,440 bottles of the 131.3-proof bourbon were produced this year, the first 1,000 selling out in 2 hours.

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    It's a powerful, flavorful, and sweet expression with pipe tobacco, leather, and banana nut bread aromas, along with hints of honey, plum, and floral notes. On the creamy and sweet palate, you'll find caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a deceptively smooth finish.
  9. Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Following the defeat of the British at the Battle of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War, the territory west of the Appalachian mountains became known as Kentucky County. At the time, the territory was considered part of Virginia and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. In order to encourage westward expansion, Virginia issued pioneers who agreed to settle in Kentucky County "corn writs," which granted the pioneers 60 acres of land if they agreed to settle in Kentucky and start farming corn.

    One year after the defeat of the British, a Baptist minister named Elijah Craig emigrated to Fayette County (today, a part of the State of Kentucky) and purchased 1,000 acres of land in a town named Lebanon. In 1789, Craig built a distillery on his farm and is credited with being the first person to mature bourbon in charred, oak casks, earning him the title "Father of Bourbon Whiskey."

    Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey pays homage to Craig and his unique legacy. The bourbon is bottled from the marriage of fewer than 100 casks of maturing bourbon, each of which is rested in a Kentucky rickhouse for a minimum of a dozen years. The bourbon has an aroma of honey, sweet corn, vanilla, and brown sugar. The aroma gives way to notes of roasted nuts, creamy vanilla, molasses and tropical fruits on the palate, that are well-balanced by hints of dry oak and cinnamon. The finish is long and sweet and ends with a warming touch.

    This unique 18-Year-Old bourbon showcases Elijah Craig's Master Distillers' expertise, bottled solely from the contents of one barrel, this expression of bourbon-making craftsmanship is bold and robust. Bourbon for the whiskey connoisseur, this bottle has received countless awards for its smooth yet complex flavor, including 3 Double Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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    Aged oak, spiced vanilla, with notes of mint and chocolate. Richly textured, nutty, and semisweet. Initial bursts of honey give way to toasted wood and pleasant char. Lively and engaging, then lingers with vanilla and pepper.
Top 10 Bourbon


Top 10 Bourbon

Bourbon. The ultimate crowd-pleaser. The Kentucky wonder. If you haven’t found your favorite bottle just yet, these top ten bourbons are a great place to start.

From hot and spicy to sweet and floral, different styles, ages, and brands of best-rated bourbons will keep you a good company.

Discover the delicious American spirit that has filled our hearts, and our glasses, to the brim. If you are tempted to get to know whiskey from all over the world, check our list of best 10 whiskeys!

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