For the Bourbon Connoisseur

Now that you’re a Bourbon Badass, here are some higher-end bourbons for you to try in order to take your journey to the next level. Please drink responsibly

From left to right:

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage: It is an 86.6 proof bourbon that is hand selected by the master distiller and marked with the vintage date it was put into oak, along with the year it was bottled and the exact serial number of the single barrel that the bourbon was drawn from. Because they come from different barrels, each bottle is uniquely different yet similar.

Blade & Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey: This is a very limited one-time release of 22-year-old bourbon whiskey distilled at both the Bernheim distillery in Louisville (now Heaven Hill) and the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort.

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon: It is finished in port wine casks, leaving it with a delicious richness. The bourbon is aged for up to six years and carefully blended into a small batch of 8 to 12 barrels. Each barrel will lose about 5 percent of the spirit to evaporation, or “the Angel’s Share.”

Russell Reserve Single Barrel: Russell’s Reserve is aged in barrels handpicked by the master distillers at Wild Turkey. They look for the deepest No. 4 “alligator” char on the American White Oak barrels. Each barrel is bottled at 110 proof. To guarantee maximum flavor, this particular bourbon does not go through the traditional chilled filtration.

Old Forester 1870 Original Batch: It echoes George Garvin Brown’s original 1870 batching process. Back then, Brown batched barrels obtained from three distilleries to create a consistent flavor profile. To emulate that process, barrels are selected from three warehouses, each barrel originating from a different day of production, with a different entry proof and a different age profile.

*From Linda Ruffenach’s upcoming book, How to Be a Bourbon Badass.