1. Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon

    Proof94 (47% ABV)
    Following the defeat of the British at the Battle of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War, the territory west of the Appalachian mountains became known as Kentucky County. At the time, the territory was considered part of Virginia, and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. In order to encourage westward expansion, Virginia issued pioneers who agreed to settle in Kentucky County "corn writs," which granted the pioneers 60 acres of land if they agreed to settle in Kentucky and start farming corn.

    One year after the defeat of the British, a Baptist minister named Elijah Craig emigrated to Fayette County (today, a part of the State of Kentucky) and purchased 1,000 acres of land in a town named Lebanon. In 1789, Craig built a distillery on his farm and is credited with being the first person to mature bourbon in charred, oak casks, earning him the title "Father of Bourbon Whiskey."

    Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey pays homage to Craig and his unique legacy. Twice barreled for added complexity, Toasted Barrel takes Elijah Craig’s award-winning Small Batch Bourbon to new heights. After it's fully matured, this Bourbon is finished in a second, custom toasted new oak barrel, where it’s left to develop even more sweet oak flavor.

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    Toasted sugar, vanilla, rich caramel, baking spice, oak, and light apple on the nose. The palate is sweet with chocolate, caramel, and further spice. The finish is bold with rye spice and fireball candy.
  2. Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Situated on the Kentucky River in Frankfort, Kentucky, Buffalo Trace Distillery takes its name from an ancient pathway that migrating buffalo used when traveling westward. The trail was well-known among Native Americans and was eventually used by pioneering settlers who crossed the Ohio River and followed the buffalo trace to the Western frontier.

    Buffalo Trace Distillery is the oldest continually operating distillery in the United States and includes the rich legacies of master distillers such as E.H. Taylor, Jr, George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp and Elmer T. Lee. Today, the distillery is still family-owned, operating on the same 130 acres of land adjacent to the Kentucky River as it has for over 200 years.

    Named after Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, this whiskey is hand selected and bottled to the standards of quality set by Elmer T. Lee. This harmonious single barrel has prominent notes of baking spice and vanilla, a flavor profile that earned this whiskey numerous Gold medals, and the Tried and True Award at the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

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    The nose brings notes of clove, vanilla, and old leather. The flavor balances fruit, honey, and vanilla with a light spiciness. A long and warm finish.
  3. Black Button Single Barrel Apple Brandy Finished Bourbon

    Proof119 (59.5% ABV)
    In 2012, Jason Barrett became the head distiller and founder of Black Button Distilling – at only 24 years old. Coming from a family of the finest men's suit buttons makers, worn by "Presidents, Popes, Kings, and Businessmen the world over", Barret worked in his grandfather’s factory when he was younger, but soon realized he wanted to carve out his own path.

    After graduating, Barrett returned to his hometown of Rochester, New York, to follow his passion – make whiskey and open a craft distillery, the first in Rochester since Prohibition times. Named Black Button because of a family inside joke – Barret is color blind and the family always joked that they’d need to produce only black buttons if we were to take over the family business – every small batch of Black Button spirits is made from local NY grains with over 90% of ingredients grown or produced in New York State. Everything from corn, wheat, rye, and barley to dairy cream and apple cider comes from family farms in New York State to support local and sustainable agriculture. They even grow their own juniper for Black Button gin at the Black Button Farm in South Bristol. Besides whiskey and gin, Black Button’s wide range includes vodka, moonshine, and liqueur.

    Black Button Apple Brandy Finished Bourbon comes from their reserves. It's a single-barrel release. The spirit spent 2 years in its American white oak cask (no. 2073) before being transferred into a freshly harvested apple brandy barrel, where it spent another 2 and a half years. This results in a fruity 119-proof expression that's ― naturally ― available in very limited quantity.

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    The nose has gentle spice notes along with floral and pine aromas, hints of licorice, and candy apple. It's full-bodied with sweet ripe apples and honey on the palate. The finish is long with lingering oak, baking spice, and dry apple notes.
  4. New Southern Revival 100% Jimmy Red Corn Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof102 (51% ABV)
    Situated in the center of historic downtown Charleston, SC, High Wire specializes in premium, handcrafted, small batch spirits using the finest ingredients to develop recipes with a creative, culinary approach. 

    High Wire produces a distinctive line of small-batch gins, rums, whiskeys, and vodkas made from premium, specialized ingredients. Scott Blackwell, a CIA trained baker and owner/distiller at High Wire, applies his knowledge of artisanal grains and culinary techniques to the spirits he creates.

    Jimmy Red corn is a distinctive red corn that was rescued from near extinction by a man named Ted Chewning. Named for James Island just over the bridge from Charleston and heralded by Chef Sean Brock, Jimmy Red was a legendary moonshiner's corn that had dwindled down to a mere 2 cobs following the death of the last man known to grow it.  

    “Jimmy Red corn is the most remarkable corn we've ever worked with. Nutty, sweet, and mineralic with an extremely high oil content, the fermented mash produces a 3" thick oil cap. We distill on the grain, so all of that oil is blended back into the mash and provides an unusually creamy mouthfeel in the distillate. The Jimmy Red whiskey is aged for a minimum of 2 years, creating a straight bourbon unlike any other we've ever experienced.”

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    Notes of nutmeg and toffee on the nose. The palate is earthy, smooth, with a silky character with a distinct nuttiness, notes of cherry, vanilla, and cinnamon, tobacco and caramel.
  5. Heaven's Door Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof92 (46% ABV)
    Heaven's Door whiskey is a collaboration with Bob Dylan. This award-winning collection features an inspired bottle depicting the distinctive iron gates that were created by Dylan in his studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks. The unique gates were handcrafted from objects discovered across America.

    This incredible label has a core lineup of highly acclaimed whiskeys. Their Straight Bourbon Whiskey, aged for a minimum of 6 years, is exceptional by all measures: smooth and lasting with notes of baking spices and vanilla layered over a bed of toasted oak.

    Heaven’s Door Straight Bourbon Whiskey has received several accolades including "5 Star, Highest Recommendation" by the F. Paul Pacult's Spirits Journal, a Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 96 Points, "Extraordinary Ultimate Recommendation" at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and Double Gold at the 2018 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.

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    Smooth and lasting with notes of vanilla and baking spices layered over a bed of toasted oak. Notes of baked bread, buttered popcorn, and dried fruits are on the palate. The finish is long with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and caramel.
  6. George Remus Single Barrel Straight Bourbon (Caskers Exclusive)

    Proof115.6 (57.8% ABV)
    George Remus, dubbed the "King of the Bootleggers," was a famous bootlegger during Prohibition, exploiting loopholes in the Volstead Act to distill bourbon. Born in 1878 in Germany, he settled in Chicago with his family in the 1880s. In his teens he worked in his uncle's pharmacy, later becoming the owner. It was there that he acquired experience that would prove invaluable during Prohibition, and the pharmacy would serve as the foundation for his empire.

    He switched careers, going into law and eventually becoming a trial defense attorney — gathering even more useful skills. Once Prohibition was starting to wind up, he would defend many bootleggers, taking note of the riches they managed to amass. Once the Volstead Act was enacted, he found a way to circumvent it and provide a steady stream of spirits for his budding bootlegging operation. The empire expanded and Remus eventually had 3,000 workers as well as politicians on his payroll, briefly living a lavish lifestyle that reportedly inspired The Great Gatsby.

    Made in honor of the King of the Bootleggers, George Remus offers a barrel select program where you can find some delicious single-barrel whiskey. This barrel (no. 123) was picked out exclusively for Caskers. It's an MGP straight bourbon that was crafted with a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4 % malted barley. The whiskey was bottled at 115.6 proof and features sweet fruity, caramel, and vanilla notes with oak and baking spice on the finish.

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    The nose has invitingly sweet aromas of fruit, caramel, and vanilla. On the palate, you'll find a pleasant sweetness that is balanced by a touch of tartness. The finish has lingering toasted oak and baking spice notes.
  7. Michter's 10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof94.4 (47.2% ABV)
    In the 18th century, a Swiss Mennonite farmer by the name of John Shenk settled his family near Pennsylvania's Blue Mountain Valley. Within a few years, Shenk was harvesting more grains that he could sell, and so he began distilling the excess grains into whiskey. Shenk's distillery, which was eventually named Michter's Distillery, became the United States' first distilling company. Just two decades after Shenk opened the doors to his distillery, General George Washington began purchasing Michter's Distillery Whiskey in order to fortify his men as they camped through a long and brutal winter at Valley Forge. Michter's Distillery, as the saying goes, was the whiskey that warmed the American Revolution.

    The passage of Prohibition in 1919 forced Michter's Distillery, along with nearly every other distillery in the United States, to close. In the early 1990's however, Joseph J. Magliocco teamed up with Richard Newman in an effort to resurrect the brand. "When we set up our whiskey program for Michter's Distillery," says Magliocco, "Dick and I wanted to get back to the "cost be damned' roots and produce the finest whiskey possible. Our goal was to show that whiskey made in the United States could be the equal of great whiskey made anywhere in the world."

    Michter's Distillery 10 Year Old Bourbon is the brainchild of master distiller Willie Pratt. Pratt, a maturation perfectionist with over forty years of distilling experience, is known as "Dr. No" since he often refuses to bottle aging barrels of whiskey. According to Pratt, whiskey that is aged for over a decade hits a "fork in the road," and can either become incredible or unpalatable. "One of the barrels we sampled was unbelievably woody," Magliocco says. "And we reject that, we literally sewer it. Willie had another barrel that tasted delicious, but the consistency was like molasses, and we obviously couldn't sell that."

    Michter's Distillery 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon is a sourced bourbon that Pratt realized had hit its peak. The single barrel bourbon has a dark caramel color, along with an aroma of espresso, toffee and whipped cream. Notes of spices predominate on the palate, and are complemented by touches of lemon, grapefruit, molasses and vanilla. The finish is medium-long, with touches of tobacco, old leather and figs.

    Michter's Distillery 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon was named the "Best American Whiskey" by Food & Wine Magazine.

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    Dark caramel color, along with an aroma of espresso, toffee and whipped cream. Notes of spices predominate on the palate, and are complemented by touches of lemon, grapefruit, molasses and vanilla. The finish is medium-long, with touches of tobacco, old l
  8. Calumet Farm 14 Year Old Single Rack Black Bourbon Whiskey

    Proof96.2 (48.1% ABV)
    In 1924, William Monroe Wright, a successful entrepreneur and owner of Calumet Baking Powder Company, established a farm on the rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky. The horses that were raised on Wright's farm would go on to win eight Kentucky derbies, along with two triple crowns.

    Calumet Farm Bourbon Whiskey pays homage to Wright's beautiful farm and his tradition of breeding winners. The bourbon is made from a traditional mashbill of corn, rye and malted barley that are distilled before being aged in virgin, American oak casks. As a result, the bourbon has an aroma of caramel, baking spices and oak that gives way to notes of butterscotch, vanilla, toffee and brown sugar on the palate. The finish is full and warming, with hints of chili peppers and nutmeg.

    Calumet Farm Single Rack Black 14 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey represents both the prestigious nature and hard-earned quality of a premium Kentucky straight bourbon. It is painstakingly crafted from extremely small batches of 19 barrels. All barrels used are aged in a single, center cut rack from the ideal maturation location and conditions inside the rick house. This expression of the Calumet Farm Bourbon family is a true convergence of craftsmanship and flavor. It is Non-Chill Filtered for added depth of character and color.

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    Aroma of caramel, baking spices and oak. Notes of butterscotch, vanilla, toffee and brown sugar on the palate. Finish is full and warming, with hints of chili peppers and nutmeg.
  9. Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon 2021 Edition

    Proof131.3 (65.65% abv)
    Situated on a rolling ranch in Texas Hill Country, Garrison Brothers Distillery was founded in 2005. The distillery is the oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas. "Like everything in the Lone Star State, our dreams were big from the start," says Dan Garrison, the distillery's owner. "We didn't want to make just any bourbon, we wanted to make the best bourbon ever made."

    Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from organic corn, wheat, and barley. "We get about 30,000 pounds of corn, wheat and barley delivered a month," says Garrison. "The wheat comes from our own fields — we have 65 acres of wheat on the other side of the property." In addition, the corn is harvested from local fields in Texas while the barley is sourced from the Pacific Northwest.

    Once the grains arrive at the distillery, they are milled and mashed before being fermented for four days. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled through an antique, copper pot still nicknamed the copper cowgirl. "She was made as an experimental still," says Garrison, "for Wild Turkey Distillery." After the bourbon has been distilled, it is aged in charred, American oak barrels. "The char softens the wood, and allows the bourbon to expand into the wood. When it gets hot — and it gets hot out here in Texas — that bourbon will soak deep into the wood and extract the chemical compounds that are in there.”

    The Cowboy Bourbon is an occasional release and one that keeps turning heads of bourbon lovers. These releases have them draw from some of their very best barrels that were hand-picked for a longer aging period. Master Distiller Donnis Todd & Dan Garrison set aside a couple of very special barrels, letting time work its magic on them. Once the whiskey is deemed perfect, it is bottled unfiltered and uncut at cask strength. 6,440 bottles of the 131.3-proof bourbon were produced this year, the first 1,000 selling out in 2 hours.

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    It's a powerful, flavorful, and sweet expression with pipe tobacco, leather, and banana nut bread aromas, along with hints of honey, plum, and floral notes. On the creamy and sweet palate, you'll find caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a deceptively smooth finish.
Top 10 Bourbon


Top 10 Bourbon

Bourbon. The ultimate crowd-pleaser. The Kentucky wonder. If you haven’t found your favorite bottle just yet, these top ten bourbons are a great place to start.

From hot and spicy to sweet and floral, different styles, ages, and brands of best-rated bourbons will keep you a good company.

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