In the extensive world of whiskeys, there is bound to be a bottle out there for every price point, taste, and personal preference. Nowadays, it is easy to find whiskey made in every corner of America, each with its own distinct identity and character. Whether you are looking for the best whiskeys to stock your home bar or a smoky whiskey just to pair with a cocktail, here are our personal favorites:
Four Roses Single Barrel
The Kentucky bourbon Four Roses checks all the appropriate boxes: it's reasonably priced, there are many distinct expressions to select from, and it tastes well neat or in cocktails. Four Roses Single Barrel sets the standard for all other bourbons in terms of proof, taste, and price. It has a huge mouthfeel and a wonderfully smooth finish, and its high rye mash bill gives it a delightful peppery taste.
Henry McKenna Single Barrel
Even the casual drinker who does not know all the definitions would have to conclude it is outstanding if a huge bunch of them show up on the same bottle. Bourbon enthusiasts must get familiar with a whole plethora of mysterious terminology, such as "age statement," "bottled-in-bond," and "single barrel." The Henry Mckenna Single Barrel, made at Heaven Hill Distillery, is the only bottled-in-bond, extra-aged, single-barrel bourbon on the market right now. It has a flavorful palate that includes notes of butter, cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla.
Stagg Jr. Bourbon
Whiskey that has not been barrel-proofed has not had its alcohol content, which is typically down to 40% ABV before bottling, reduced with water. With an ABV frequently reaching 60%, this is as close to drinking straight from the barrel as most people can get. Higher proof whiskey delivers a purer drinking experience with a wider variety of flavors, though you may always proof it down yourself with water. The younger brother of Buffalo Trace's George T. Stagg bourbon, Stagg Jr. is typically equally as wonderful and easier to find.
This single malt scotch has a cult following for good reason; it is a sherry-cask, high-proof single malt that never disappoints. This is an unusual instance of a single expression being known and desired by customers while the remainder of the brand selection is largely underrecognized. Aberlour A'Bunadh is great whether you mix it with water or sip it straight up. As you sip, take your time to discover the flavor's many nuances.
Redemption High Rye Bourbon
Which spirit should you use to prepare an Old Fashioned: bourbon or rye? There are excellent whiskies in each category that make delectable Old Fashioneds; rye generates a spicier, leaner cocktail, while bourbon produces a rounder and sweeter beverage. The High Rye Bourbon from Redemption Whiskey comes the closest to a best-of-both-worlds situation with a mash bill that contains 60% corn and a generous dosage of 36% rye. The luscious body from the corn combines flawlessly with the herbaceous spiciness of the rye when skillfully combined with sugar and bitters, creating a really strong and melodic beverage. Importantly, the high ABV (92 %) also guarantees that even after the ice starts to melt, your cocktail will stay solid and enjoyable.