10. BTAC 2021 Eagle Rare 17
> ABV: 50.50%
> Average price: $1,390
2021’s Buffalo Trace Antique Collection has been aged for a whopping 17 years, and according to the company, 73 percent of the bourbon was “lost to the angels” (evaporated during the aging process). Made with Kentucky corn, Minnesota rye, and North Dakota malted barley, it’s bottled at 101 proof. It’s a peppery, slightly bitter whiskey, with plenty of wood and tobacco notes.
9. Remus Repeal Reserve Series V Straight Bourbon
> ABV: 50%
> Average price: $94
Made by a distillery named after the famous Prohibition-era bootlegger George Remus, Remus Repeal Reserve is a blend of five individual bourbons, each distilled between 2005 and 2008. It’s very flavorful and balanced, with notes of toffee, chocolate, vanilla, candied fruit, and lingering spice.
8. Woodinville PX Sherry Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey
> ABV: 47.50%
> Average price: $70
Washington State’s Woodinville Whiskey Co. starts with their flagship Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and after it’s fully matured, it’s transferred into freshly emptied Pedro Ximenex sherry barrels. These barrels impart notes of dark cherry, chocolate, citrus, and honey-like sweetness, complimenting the classic bourbon flavors of oak and vanilla.
7. Heaven’s Door Redbreast Master Blender’s Edition
> ABV: 50%
> Average price: $115
Founded by none other than Bob Dylan himself, Heaven’s Door has since emerged as one of the most in-demand whiskey brands on the market. Their Master Blender’s Edition is a collaboration between master blenders Ryan Perry of Heaven’s Door and Billy Leighton of Redbreast Irish Whiskey. The pair spent two years working together on a multitude of blends and barrel finishes to arrive at their final whiskey – Heaven’s Door 10-year aged Straight Bourbon finished in Redbreast’s signature Single Pot Still Casks for 15 months. The end result delivers prominent notes of nuts, spice, and leather, as well as sherry, citrus, and dark fruit.
6. Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon Aged 15 Years
> ABV: 52.5
> Average price: $270
Kentucky’s Barrel Craft Spirits makes its 15-year-old bourbon with corn, rye, and malted barley and bottles it at a cask strength of 105.1 proof. It’s incredibly complex – fruity and oaky on the nose as well as the palate and finish, with flavors of strawberry, honey, and maple coming through. With a splash of water, it opens up to reveal notes of apple blossom and tropical fruits.
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