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If you’re looking for liquid gold, you won’t find much better than these
STAGG JR. ($50)
This limited release has complex smoky, clovy, spicy flavors. At 134 proof, it can take a splash of water.
KNOB CREEK SINGLE BARREL RESERVE ($40)
Vanilla, spice and toffee come through in this affordable nine-year-old bourbon.
PAPPY VAN WINKLE’S 15 YEAR OLD ($900)
If you’re lucky enough to find a bottle of this rare benchmark bourbon, snap it up and sell it for a steep profit down the road.
JEFFERSON’S RESERVE ($50)
Oaky with butterscotch notes, this small-batch bourbon is perfectly balanced.
MAKER’S 46 ($36)
This follow-up to crowd-pleasing Maker’s Mark has even more of the characteristics people love: more caramel, more spice, more smoke.