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The bourbon boom can be mind-boggling. Here are the top sips for every taste.
KNOB CREEK SMOKED MAPLE
Peppery, rich and autumnal—and sweet as its name.
A crisp and honeyed whiskey with both backbone and -balance.
ALBERTA RYE WHISKY DARK BATCH
A blended rye dosed with a bit of sherry makes for an earthy and alluring caramel complexity.
WHISTLE-PIG OLD WORLD
This 12-year-old whiskey is finished in Madeira, sauternes and port casks for added flavor.
NEW YORK DISTILLING RAGTIME RYE
A mixology-ready rye from a favorite distillery of the cocktail cognoscenti.
MAKER’S MARK CASK STRENGTH
This new cask strength bottling is higher proof, but just as smooth as its cousin.
JIM BEAM RYE
A solid, peppery and incredibly affordable rye.
OLD FORESTER BIRTHDAY BOURBON
This extremely rare and satisfying bottling is quickly snapped up by collectors.
RUSSELL’S RESERVE SINGLE BARREL RYE
A spice-forward bottling from the best barrels in Russell’s -rickhouse.
WOODFORD RESERVE SWEET MASH REDUX
A delicious limited release from Woodford’s Distillery Series that starts sweet and finishes dry.
ORPHAN BARREL RHETORIC
Twenty-one years in the -barrel imparts an unmistakable woody note to this limited -bottling.
WILD TURKEY 101
The insider’s smart buy that holds its own against more expensive -bottlings.
JEFFERSON’S OCEAN: AGED AT SEA
This bourbon is aged in barrels on a ship, adding deeper flavor and complexity beyond its years.