For many many years, I scoffed at the thought of “tasting” Bourbons and sensing any real difference.
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These were times of uneducated tasting and just an overall disdain for whiskey… or what I thought was whiskey anyway (my brothers got me a bottle of Jack Daniel’s for my twenty first birthday).
Needless to say this very early whiskey experience did not deter my path to find out, what the deal was with whiskey… and more importantly bourbon.
This led me down a road of tasting, testing, and trying different bourbons. A journey in which the underlying theme was not to drink a bunch but rather to savor the honey brown deliciousness that bourbon is and note what you are tasting (and dare to even try and describe it).
Now after roughly 10 years of trying out different bourbons, I have developed a great love for the taste of it as well as an even stronger love for all the varieties.
I love the caramel-like sweet bourbons as much as the stronger spicier varieties; and really truly what I love most is how bourbon, even varieties from the same distillery, can differ so much in character and taste.
Due to this love of bourbon and it’s different, flamboyant, and enjoyable characteristics, I have outlined this list below; Ten of my favorite bourbons to enjoy nice and neat, one small sip at a time.
MY TOP 10 BEST BOURBONS
1.) Booker’s – James B. Beam Distillery (Clermont, KY)
2.) Basil Hayden’s – Kentucky Springs Distillery (Clermont, KY)
3.) Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch – Buffalo Trace Distillery (Frankfort, KY)
4) Willett Pot Still Reserve – Willett Distillery (Bardstown, KY)
5.) Bulleit Bourbon – Stitzel-Weller Distillery (Louisville, KY)
6.) Willie’s Big Horn Bourbon – Willie’s Distillery (Ennis, MT)
7.) Eagle Rare – Buffalo Trace Distillery (Frankfort, KY)
8.) Woodford Reserve – The Woodford Reserve Distillery (Versailles, KY)
9.) Buffalo Trace – Buffalo Trace Distillery (Frankfort, KY)
10.) Blanton’s Single Barrel – Buffalo Trace Distillery (Frankfort, KY)