I’m not the one to be talking about what’s best, whats’ smoother and what’s what when it comes to whiskey. I do enjoy a quality drink once in a while, that’s for sure, and whiskey is usually my obvious choice.
So, in the interest of keeping myself informed and you guys temped, I’ve come up with this short list of the brand that really deserve our attention and money, since the best things in life never come cheap
9. Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon 17-year-old Whiskey
Just from its color you can supposedly tell if it’s a powerful whiskey, and this one is. This particular brand features a smooth, almost silky, wine-like taste, followed by spice and floral flavors before ending with a leathery finish. This 17-year-old version is definitely worth the money, even if you’re not really a fan of this type of drinks; it’s worth a shot!
8. Four Roses Small Batch
This is not for the beginner types. The Four Roses has strong and elaborate tastes, with notes of citrus, vanilla, cherry and even candy. Sounds more like a woman’s drink, but trust me when I say it isn’t, although women are most welcomed to try it out. For the connoisseur I state that this is not the Seagram-owned Four Roses from your daddy’s day, but a new and completely reborn drink.
Every distiller has their own method, even those who earned money making moonshine Hillrock’s way is to never completely empty a barrel, as new whiskey is set aside to age with some of the last batch mixed in. Hillrock features a mature and smooth taste, although the Solara-Aged batches, which come of age in Spanish sherry casks, aren’t really up my alley with clove and cinnamon flavors.
6. Hudson Baby
This bad boy comes straight out of New York’s Hudson Valley. The name is obvious, since its maker – Tuthiltown Spirits – has only started putting this drink on shelves in the last decade. With a robust bouquet featuring vanilla, leather and more than a little rye, this drink is not something I’d see Hemingway drinking on a rainy afternoon; the first tones of taste are strongly spicy with some fruit and just a whisper of caramel. The Hudson Baby is made from local ingredients and aged in oak barrels. We’ll just have to see how it stands up compared with the other, much older players.
5. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve
Anyone else a fan of Knob Creek products? The Single Barrel Reserve is really an easy choice, whether you’re a seasoned bourbon drinker or new to the game. The deep, rich taste and the smoothness it provides makes this drink a really special one, as we all imagine American to be. This one has to be tried out, boys and girls; it can’t be told about.
4. Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15-year-old
I’m not sure I’d usually drink something made by a guy who calls himself “Pappy”, but since it’s hailed as the best of its kind, the Family Reserve is worth the risk. Not really affordable, Pappy uses wheat, giving the Family Reserve a unique complexity; the taste is superb and the finish just as good, so good that you won’t realize how fast it will get you from sober to cloud number nine.
The complex and subtle flavors of this brand have divided the bourbon community, so this is a “love it or hate it” kind of drink.More towards spicy than sweet, this drink lacks any dominant flavor, so it’s a great starter whiskey for those who might be intimidated by the idea. I can understand that, but I guess nothing compares to a smooth drink going down a dry throat.
2. Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
There are lots of premium Wild Turkey offerings, so you are feel free to choose your favorite. However, the Kentucky Spirit features a robust taste and a mature smoothness. The chocolate, vanilla and cherry flavors sound like ready for an ice cream, or some crazy cocktails improvised by college students. No matter your though on this, one things’ for sure: once you take a sip, you’ll be asking for another pretty soon
1. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Last on our list and firt among our preferences is the Woodford. The official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve offers a variety of products, but the Double Oaked sounds and tastes best. The lower alcohol content provides for a more complex taste, without being harsh. Some whiskeys are toasted, others charred, but this brand is both; that should give you a hint on how intense its flavor is. Any other suggestions?