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
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Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage: It is an 86.6 proof bourbon that is handÂ selected by the master distiller and markedÂ with the vintage date it was put into oak,Â along with the year it was bottled and theÂ exact serial number of the single barrelÂ that the bourbon was drawn from. BecauseÂ they come from different barrels, eachÂ bottle is uniquely different yet similar.
Blade & Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey: This is aÂ very limited one-time release of 22-year-old bourbon whiskey distilled at bothÂ the Bernheim distillery in Louisville (nowÂ Heaven Hill) and the Buffalo Trace distilleryÂ in Frankfort.
Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon:Â ItÂ is finished in port wine casks, leaving it with a delicious richness. TheÂ bourbon is aged for up to six years andÂ carefully blended into a small batch of 8Â to 12 barrels. Each barrel will lose about 5Â percent of the spirit to evaporation, or â€śtheÂ Angelâ€™s Share.â€ť
Russell Reserve Single Barrel:Â Russell’s ReserveÂ isÂ aged in barrels handpicked by the masterÂ distillers at Wild Turkey. They look forÂ the deepest No. 4 â€śalligatorâ€ť char on theÂ American White Oak barrels. Each barrelÂ is bottled at 110 proof. To guaranteeÂ maximum flavor, this particular bourbonÂ does not go through the traditional chilledÂ filtration.
Old Forester 1870 Original Batch: ItÂ echoes George Garvin Brownâ€™s original 1870Â batching process. Back then, Brown batchedÂ barrels obtained from three distilleries toÂ create a consistent flavor profile. To emulateÂ that process, barrels are selected from threeÂ warehouses, each barrel originating from aÂ different day of production, with a differentÂ entry proof and a different age profile.
*From Linda Ruffenach’s upcoming book, How to Be a Bourbon Badass.