Top 10 Shelf Bourbons That You Should Enjoy Right Now

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10. Jim Beam Black

We couldn’t make a list of Bourbons and not include Jim Beam. It is the most popular brand that is known across the world, with good reason. They’ve been making great quality Bourbon since the end of the 18th century. This offering has an elegant texture, with a heavy caramel aroma along notes of cinnamon, oak and vanilla, and ends with a smooth finish.

9. Widow Jane 10 Year Old

This newbie on the scene gets its name from the water surrounding the Widow Jane Mines in Rosedale New York. The distillery opened its doors in 2012 and has made quite a name for itself in a short space of time. The dry flavor notes of caramel, cinnamon and oak marry well with the smoky feel of char in this single barrel Bourbon.

8. Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

This is one of the best pairings for an Old fashioned you can find, but it’s smooth enough to sip or enjoy on the rocks. With a taste that is neither sharp nor bitter, it has a subtle flavor due to fruit essences and the red winter wheat, and some extra heat from the oak and spices. This interesting mix sets them apart from other distilleries.

7. Blanton’s Single Barrel

Released in 1984 by Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee, this high-rye mash was a hit from its introduction on the market. With super premium taste and a unique bottle that comes with eight different collectors’ bottle stoppers, it makes a great sipping option. The nose of nutmeg and spices along with hints of honey and vanilla flavors make it a smooth blend.

6. Wild Turkey Bourbon

A premium brand that really knows what they’re doing, they have been perfecting their technique for over 100 years. A reason for this pricey offering is the sherry barrels they use in their ageing process. Another is the complex yet subtle flavor. Perfect for sipping with aromas of nuts, raisins, and a strong tropical fruit finish.

5. 1792 Single Barrel Reserve

A superior bourbon in every sense of the word, it is a winner of many international awards.You will notice hints of fruit and toffee along with notes of rich butterscotch and caramel that will go down smoothly. This small batch includes a high rye content and uses special barrels for the ageing process.

4. Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon

This is the only Bourbon that ages by traveling the world in their barrels on board a ship. The sea salt along with the fluctuations in temperature give this spirit its’ dark and thick texture. You can detect aromas of dried fruits and red apples with some bitterness from the strong dark chocolate.

3. William Larue Weller

This one-of-a-kind annual release is worth the hefty price tag. Matured for a maximum of 14 years, this offering is well-known for the caramel and spicy notes. Either their 2015, 2016 or 2017 releases are excellent and worth sampling at least once in your life as a one-off. You will be glad you did.

2. Michter’s 10 Year Old

The brand has been producing high-end small-batch and single barrel bourbons since 1753. In particular, their Celebration Sour Mash retails anywhere from $3,700 to $5,000, and their 2019 release only made 277 bottles. With flavors ranging from cloves to pineapple and notes of dark chocolate truffles, it is a very special truly premium spirit.

1. Poppy Van Winkle’s 23 

To round off our list we had to include the best and one of the most expensive offerings on the market. Selling for about $2,500 a bottle, you will surely want to sip this one and enjoy every single drop. With dark aromas and flavors, their 23 Year Release is by far the best, but their 20 Year or 15 Year offerings are great too."

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