Great New Bourbons
Photo courtesy of Maker's Mark.
Maker's 46 ($35)
For this spicy, aromatic spiritthe first new one from Maker's Mark since the company was founded in Kentucky in 1953distillers age bourbon inside barrels with specially seared French white-oak staves on the inside. The name 46 comes from the best lot (No. 46) of the many different trial staves that Maker's Mark president Bill Samuels, Jr., tested before deciding on a winner. "We were about one week from giving up," he recalls.
Photo courtesy of Four Roses.
Four Roses 100th Anniversary Bourbon ($75)
Whiskeys that undergo 17 years of barrel aging can taste a bit dried-out and astringent. But this one from Lawrenceburg, Kentuckybased Four Roses is lush, caramel-inflected and silky-smooth, even though it's superpotent (110 proof).
- Ultimate Beer Guide
- Spirits: Brown is Beautiful | Learning to Love Bourbon
- America's Best New Whiskeys
- A Beer Geek's Guide to Asian Flavors
Early Times 150th-Anniversary Whisky ($12 for 375 ml)
The 150-year-old distiller makes this bottling in a 1920s style. The bourbon is very appealing, with sweet wood and vanilla notes.