You could make the case that the best bourbon is whatever bottle you have readily available, but let’s not settle. We’re living in the golden age of spirits. Never before have there been more bottles of booze trying to get a parking space on your bar cart.
Sipn has looked through its Bourbon library to bring to you five must-have bourbons for the home bartender.
Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
Our first recommendation is the often overlooked Wild Turkey 101 Single Bourbon, which brings spicy notes and aromas of brown sugar and toffee vanilla. Every sip has a mix of light to moderate sweetness, peppermint spice, cinnamon, oak, grain, and alcohol. The sweetness is made up of slightly sweet candy corn, vanilla, and bubblegum. This beautifully balanced bourbon is smooth with just the right touch of oakiness.
If you’re a lover of classics, you must have an Old Forester at your home bar. Old Forester was the first bourbon in Kentucky to be bottled—a huge step toward guaranteeing quality and boosting bourbon’s reputation. This rye-rich bourbon continues to be one of our favorites that we just cannot miss out on. The orange peel garnish plays really nicely with the bourbon’s orange notes.
Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon
The Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon blends 90-proof Beam with liquid extracted from the barrels themselves. Expect a woodier, more robust flavor with hints of spices, brown sugar, caramel, and butterscotch.
If you’re looking for a Bourbon to bring old and young Bourbon lovers together, this one is a must have. The flavors are dominated with white pepper, orange peel, lemon and corn notes, offset by gentle cinnamon, rye spice and sweet caramel. Though a dry and brief finish, it comes with a big bang of refreshing nice cinnamon pepperiness and light vanilla oakiness.
Hudson Baby Bourbon
The Hudson Baby Bourbon comes from New York’s finest distillery. It comes with robust vanilla, new oak warmth, popcorn and a lingering whiff of the sugared almond nose and a palate of Marzipan and candied ginger, with a thick layer of caramel on top. It also has a beautiful finish of chocolate peanuts, buttered corn-on-the-cob and a light glaze of honey.
If you are just starting your home Bar and are a Bourbon lover, we suggest starting with these classics, well-loved Bourbons.
After all, what’s not to love about the quintessential American whiskey? Bourbon is an enduring favorite, a spirit that survived.
So, what are you Sipn today?
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