Wednesday, May 22, 2024

5 Great Bourbons For Fall


As the day gets shorter and nights chillier, it might be time to put away the rosé, the margaritas, and the other fun summer drinks. As the leaves begin to change, it’s time to shake up your spirits selection with a favorite bourbon. Bourbon is an American Whiskey produced under a specific set of guidelines, and it seems the coziness of it is perfect for autumn.

Like Pina coladas, Cosmos, and Aperol Spritz evoke the feeling of summer, bourbon and whiskey boast specific tasting notes and flavor profiles that pair perfectly with the drop in temperatures.  Holding the perfect drinks while cozying up by the fire with your favorite comfort foods is something bourbon is made to do. And it fits well with traditional fall foods like apple, maples, cinnamon and pumpkin.

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As you pull out your coats, slip on a turtleneck and start thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, here are 5 great bourbons for fall.

Wyoming Whiskey Single Barrel Bourbon

Not all the great bourbon comes from Kentucky. Wyoming Whiskey in Kirby, Wyoming, is quietly turning heads with its well-made, well-aged, and well-that’s-delicious whiskeys, including a regular single barrel bourbon release that impresses even the most entrenched craft skeptics. Wyoming Whiskey’s line of wheated bourbons was developed in partnership with Steve Nally of Maker’s Mark, so it’s no surprise they’re so tasty.

Booker’s Bourbon Blue Knights Batch

The Booker’s Bourbon is a yet another crowd pleaser—a 127.4 proof, six-year-old bourbon named after a local group of motorcycle enthusiasts who are all active or retired police officers. It’s spendier than past Booker’s releases, but die-hard fans won’t be disappointed.

Old Forester Statesman

This new limited-edition release from Old Forester commemorates the release of the latest Statesman flick: The Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Indulge your international spy fantasies with this rye-forward bourbon, bottled at a healthy 95 proof.

Early Times Bottled-in-Bond

Early Times’ flagship U.S. release isn’t a bourbon, but earlier this year the 157-year-old brand released a bottled-in-bond bourbon release seemingly designed specifically for cocktails.

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It’s bottled at 100 proof, packaged in a one-liter bottle, and has a sweet, citrus-forward flavor and friendly price point that’s ideal for mixed drinks.

Kentucky Owl Bourbon Batch #7

Debuting outside Kentucky for the very first time this September, this cult favorite brand is known for its small-batch vattings that showcase different flavors every time. Batch #7 combines 11 barrels that are at least 13 years old with four eight- to nine-year old barrels for a whiskey with a sweet entry and spicy finish.

As we wrap ourselves in all things autumn, bourbon does pair well with pumpkin spiced cookies.


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