These 5 bourbons may not be quite as well known as Pappy Van Winkle, but they very much deserve a spot in your liquor cabinet.
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Bourbon has long been our go-to for reasonably priced whiskey, but as demand continues to grow, more and more producers are jacking up prices to cash in on the trend. That's part of what makes Tincup American whiskey such a refreshing change of pace: it's a delicious whiskey at a reasonable price.
Bourbon adds a subtle toasty-sweet note to this easy cocktail, balancing out fresh grapefruit's tartness.
Situated in the small hill country town of Hye, Garrison Brothers Distillery is leading the craft whiskey charge in Texas.
We're lucky, as bourbon drinkers. The bourbon industry has the resources and capacity to make massive quantities of corn juice, and the expertise to do it well. This means that you can find plenty of good bourbon on a budget. Now, that's not to say every budget bourbon is good, heck no. Some of it is dreck. But look around, and you'll find the good stuff easily enough.
The latest release from the small whiskey blending company (Jefferson's exclusively buys and blends whiskeys from other distillers) began as a conversation over food between friends Trey Zoeller of Jefferson's and Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood restaurants in Louisville, KY.
By combining bourbon, Scotch and homemade garam masala-spiced apple syrup, you get a delicious play on fall flavors that'll warm you up from the inside.
The very thing that makes beets a bit of a nuisance to home cooks—the whole "your kitchen looks like a blood bath" thing—is a boon to cocktail makers, as it helps produce striking, vibrant-hued drinks.
Do you know a high rye bourbon from a wheater? What's sour mash? All the answers, in this guide to bourbon terms.
From Portland's Clyde Common comes the Bourbon Renewal, a refined take on the whiskey sour, made with crème de cassis for a bit of sweet berry flavor.
Now owned by Kirin Brewery Company of Japan, Four Roses has been making quite a comeback in the US market, winning critical acclaim and popular appeal with benchmark bourbon and transparency in its production methods. They're celebrating a 125th anniversary this year with the release of a pair of exceptional bourbons.
In some circles, Concords are touted as the ultimate grape. These three cocktails showcase Concords with a fresh puree and an easy Concord grape syrup. They're worth whipping up for the color alone, but the flavors would impress even if your guests were blindfolded.
We love bourbon with ginger, bourbon with lime, bourbon with pomegranate molasses, and bourbon with Cynar, too. What's your favorite way to drink this whiskey in the fall?
This is the most successful flavored bourbon we've tried to date.
This year's edition of the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is about to hit store shelves, and it's a wonderful whiskey. We can't quite get to the bottom of the glass because it somehow keeps getting refilled...
95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky—and more than half of that is made by Jim Beam. Come take a look inside the distillery.
An ode to the smooth-drinking bourbon cocktail.
The best comforts transcend seasons: a soft scarf, pie a la mode, a good Bloody Mary. At Mayahuel in New York's East Village, the warm-spiced Black Star is one such year-round pleasure. "This became part of what I called my Indian Winter menu," says Philip Ward, co-owner and bartender, who added the Black Star to the menu as spring started to creep in. "We've been selling the bejesus out of it."
Some brands have reacted to the current state of of the market (lots of demand and low supply) by jettisoning age statements, introducing new, younger, products for sale, and generally trying to get as much booze out on the shelves as possible. Others have doubled down on quality. Case in point: Elijah Craig.
Being the Master Distiller of a mega-brand of bourbon has its perks. Jimmy Russell, the steady hand behind Wild Turkey, not only has the distinct pleasure of working with his son, Eddie (Associate Master Distiller), but also has the chance to stake his territory on the bourbon landscape. His latest release, Russell's Reserve Small Batch Single Barrel, brings to the market one authoritative vision of what bourbon ought to be. And it's a vision we can get behind.