96 proof – Corn/Rye
Michter’s Distillery was the foster home of A.H. Hirsch Reserve bourbon. Dating back to the mid-eighteenth century, Michter’s was distilling whiskey; as early as 1753, there was a small distillery on the Pennsylvania farmstead. That’s long before Kentucky was even settled! Ranking with the world’s best whiskeys, the A.H. Hirsch 16-year-old is, without question, of the absolute highest quality available today. Distilled in the spring of 1974 (and no longer produced), A.H. Hirsch Reserve whiskeys are the only example of their type currently available. These rare bourbon whiskeys were distilled in the time-honored Kentucky pot still tradition—a slower, more work intensive, more expensive relic of a bygone era. The whiskeys show the benefits that traditional cask aging gives to bourbon. Hirsch Reserve stands in the class of top-flight single malt Scotch whisky and Grand Champagne cognac, offering a silky smooth texture and perfectly balanced flavors of sweet oak, maple and spice. The aftertaste is round, rich, very long and mellow. It was awarded the first-ever five-star rating for a bourbon by The Spirit Journal, the authoritative review of fine spirits, in November 1994.
107 proof – Corn/Rye
Named after Baker Beam, grand-nephew of the legendary Jim Beam, Baker’s Bourbon is seven years old and hand-bottled at 107 proof. Embracing over six generations of distilling experience, Baker’s Bourbon utilizes a special strain of jug yeast that has been in his family for over 60 years. This time-tested yeast provides Baker’s with a silky smooth texture and consistent taste from batch to batch. It is a remarkably smooth bourbon; intensely flavorful, full-bodied and ideally balanced.
80 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
The eponymous Basil Hayden bourbon dates back to 1796, when master distiller Basil Hayden Sr. created a recipe unlike any other. He used a traditional corn base, but mixed small grains into his mash to capture the spicy flavor of rye and complement the sweet smoothness of corn. More than 200 years later, Basil Hayden is a singular bourbon that bridges the flavor of rye whiskies and small-batch bourbons together.
95 proof – Corn/Rye
Aged for an average of eight years, Black Maple Hill Small Batch bourbon is bottled in small batches straight from Heaven Hill Distillery oak casks in Bardston, Kentucky. This, combined with the fact that Heaven Hill is the largest, independent family-owned distillery in the state, makes for an especially rare find of superior quality and taste. It is surprisingly smooth at 95 proof, and is a truly enjoyable small-production product.
93 proof – Corn/Rye
Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon in single barrels nearly a century ago. Blanton believed the “center-cut” or middle sections of Warehouse H were the best for aging his bourbon. Personally tasting and choosing each barrel himself, these barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends— becoming the world’s first single barrel bourbon. His time-honored tradition lives on today as only a handful of barrels from the center of Warehouse H are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon. The nose is very deep and satisfying. The taste has a masterful start with powerful dry vanilla notes in perfect harmony with hints of honey amid the strong caramel.
125.6 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Booker’s is one of the only uncut, unfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel bourbons available today. It’s bottled at its natural proof of between 121 and 127, and aged between six and eight years. Booker’s bourbon delivers a range of intense flavors from oak tannin and smoky vanilla to lighter tones of mocha and coffee.
90 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world. It is made from the finest corn, rye and barley malt, and is aged in new oak barrels for years in century-old warehouses until the peak of maturity. The taste is rich and complex, with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit. The smooth finish lingers on the palate.
80 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
In the 1830s, a tavern keeper in Louisville, Kentucky, named Augustus Bulleit set himself on a mission to create bourbon that was unique in flavor. While transporting barrels of his bourbon from Kentucky to New Orleans, he vanished. After more than a century, in 1987, his great-great-grandson Tom Bulleit stepped in. A lawyer by profession, Tom’s lifelong dream had been to revive the family’s bourbon legacy, started more than 150 years before. Bulleit Bourbon is still distilled and aged in small batches. Kentucky limestone-filtered water provides the foundation for the bourbon’s character, while charred American oak barrels lend a smoky backbone. Bulleit’s distillers age the bourbon simply until it is ready. It has a much higher rye content (28%) than any other bourbon, which makes Bulleit unique.
94 proof – Corn/Rye
This bourbon is named for the Rev. Elijah Craig, the man who discovered the method of making true Kentucky bourbon after he stored his wares in barrels that had been charred in a fire. This bourbon is bottled exclusively from a dumping of 70 barrels or less, and is firm, malty and sweet with apricot fruitiness and a long, smoky vanilla finish.
86.6 proof – Rye/Corn/Barley
As a single barrel bourbon, Evan Williams is bottled solely from one barrel hand-selected by Master Distillers Parker and Craig Beam, not from the mingling of many barrels, which is the practice for standard blended and small batch bourbons. Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage has won five “Whiskey of the Year” awards and is the most critically- acclaimed specialty bourbon produced by Heaven Hill Distilleries. Like a fine wine, each bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon contains a vintage date telling when it was put in oak.
90 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Marrying, or mingling, multiple bourbon flavors is an art in itself. Four original and limited bourbons have been expertly selected and blended by Four Roses ,master distiller Jim Rutledge at the peak of maturation to create this perfectly balanced small batch bourbon.
100 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Four Roses produces ten distillate flavors each year and ages each flavor individually in new white oak charred barrels. Each flavor is distinctively different, but floral and fruity aromas and the smoothness and mellowness of their tastes characterize all offerings. Master distiller Jim Rutledge carefully selects one of the ten bourbon flavors 4 Roses produces for their Four Roses Single Barrel and the bourbon connoisseur. The additional flavor characteristics of this bourbon include notes of honey and maple syrup, plus hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Each barrel is sampled and carefully selected for its superior quality prior to being processed and hand-bottled.
82.3 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
This very small batch of handcrafted bourbon has been aged in the heart of metal clad warehouses to accentuate the extreme temperatures that Kentucky is blessed with, forcing the bourbon to expand deep into the barrel and pull out the prevalent flavors of the wood. Additional flavors of vanilla, caramel and assorted fruits assure an incredibly smooth taste and finish.
90.2 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Crafted in Bardstown—the Mecca of bourbon—Jefferson’s Reserve is made in ”very” small batches from corn, malted barley, and rye. Jefferson’s Reserve is allowed to age slowly and reach maturity naturally. The distiller marries a mere 8–12 barrels of various ages to produce the best tasting bourbon possible. The whisky has a medium-weight, velvety textured body and a dry, robust palate—one that quickly fills the mouth with the engaging flavors of roasted corn, caramel, toffee and oak.
94 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Jefferson’s Presidential Select is an ultra-rare, ultra-premium single barrel bourbon bottled from the last year of operation from Louisville’s renowned Stitzel-Weller Distillery, the distillery famed for Old Weller and Pappy Van Winkle. The last of this precious stock was sold to McLain and Kyne who decided to release it after a precious 17 years in wood. This 94 proof bourbon is a truly superlative offering—a spirit which more than lives up to the Stitzel-Weller legacy of exceptional quality and unparalleled craftsmanship.
100 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Named after Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home in Kentucky, Knob Creek truly is bourbon at its finest. Created to represent whiskey before it was mass produced, Knob Creek embodies the look, feel and taste of pre-Prohibition bourbon. It is bottled at 100 proof and aged nine years in charred American white oak, giving it the distinction of being aged the longest of the small batch bourbons. This extra aging allows it to absorb more of the sugar in the wood, giving it a slightly sweeter taste and nose. It strikes the senses with a maple sugar aroma, distinctive sweetness and rich, full-bodied flavor.
90.4 proof – Corn/Rye
The Woodford Reserve Distillery is located in the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass, hidden away between some of the most scenic Thoroughbred horse farms in the country. The brand’s picturesque stone distillery dates back to 1838 and is a National Historic Landmark. Since 1996, Woodford Reserve has been the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby and it produces a specially-designed, limited-edition bottle each year for the horserace.
90 proof – Corn/Rye
Twice-barreled bourbon created by Master Distiller Chris Morris, Double Oak is mature Woodford Reserve that goes through a second maturation in oak barrels. The first barrel is lightly toasted and deeply charred, and the second is deeply toasted and lightly charred, creating complexity and richness.
91.4 proof – Corn/Rye
America’s first whiskey distilling company, Michter’s rich history dates back to 1753, when a farmer in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania, distilled his first batch of whiskey from hardy rye. At one point, a master distiller left his family’s well-known distillery to join Michter’s so he could be at a smaller, less cost-conscious company where he could make the finest whiskey (cost be damned). In the Michter’s tradition, the US 1 Small Batch bourbon is made from a proprietary mash bill that features the highest quality American corn, matured to the peak of perfection.
114.3 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Noah’s Mill Genuine Bourbon Whiskey is handmade in the hills of Kentucky. This is a bourbon of extraordinary character and smoothness not found among younger whiskeys. Its superior taste and flavor characteristics are made possible only from using the very finest quality ingredients at the outset, along with the long years and patience necessary for nature to mellow everything to perfection.
86 proof – Rye/Corn/Barley
The first bourbon to be shipped in a sealed glass bottle in American history, Old Forester’s full body and robust flavor derive from its painstaking production and aging process. Its unique yeast strain and grain content combine to produce a mash of extraordinary complexity. The whiskey is ultimately distilled twice and then aged in newly-toasted and charred oak barrels for a minimum of four to six years before bottling.
97 proof – Rye/Corn/Barley
Handcrafted by Master Distiller Chris Morris, 2012 expression of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is Vintage dated and hand selected from one specific day of production. The result is a one of a kind character and flavor profile that will never be replicated.
100 proof – Rye/Corn/Barley
Handpicked from select barrels, Old Forester Signature is a rich, mature bourbon with a higher concentration of flavors. It is full, rich and robust, and is everything a mature bourbon lover thirsts for. Old Forester Signature is bottled at 100 proof to maintain its distinct character and flavor profile.
107 proof – Corn/Wheat
The extra aging gives this older whiskey the smooth, mellow flavor that blends well with the barrel proof. The wheat in the recipe is quite obvious as this delightful bourbon passes over the tongue.
107 proof – Corn/Wheat/Barley
A younger version of the famous 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle’ Family Reserve, this bourbon was crafted according to an exclusive wheated family recipe. Selected from barrels in the heart of their Kentucky warehouse, the whiskey has remained untouched for 15 years and unhurried by time. The nose is leather, oak, grain, apple, organic matter and fresh, green twigs. The finish is complex sweetness, toe-to-toe with dry oaky elements.
90.4 proof – Corn/Wheat/Barley
This is the top-rated bourbon whiskey in the world, rated 99 out of 100 by the World Spirits Championship. This bourbon is aged 20 years and bottled at 90.4 proof. This whiskey is wonderfully smooth and rich. Pappy Van Winkle himself was a true character. This bourbon, similarly, is full of character—which makes it a very special whiskey. The nose is intensely fruited but also bears a tantalizing citrus zest. The body is huge and almost chewable, and the palate is tremendously buttery with some sherry notes, a dash of dried fruits and some rich, creamy vanilla. The finish is long and elegant.
101 proof – Corn/Barley/Rye
Wild Turkey 101 is the flagship Wild Turkey brand and has been crafted by master distiller Jimmy Russell for over 50 years. A marriage of 6-, 7 - and 8-year-old bourbons, the 101 proof has less water added than lower proof bourbons, giving it a fuller, more purely bourbon taste. This whiskey is rich and powerful with an explosion of vanilla, caramel and notes of honey, brown sugar, with a hint of tobacco.