Ah, bourbon. After a long day, sitting down with a cold, crisp glass of bourbon can help relieve tension and help you relax.
Bourbon is the purest form of whiskey. For liquor to be considered bourbon, it has to pass several strict requirements. It has to be made in the United States, composed of at least 51% corn, must be at least 80 proof after distillation, and nothing (except for water) may be added during the distillation process. These particular requirements are part of the reason that bourbon is just so dang delicious.
With so many varieties to choose from, you must be wondering how they compare. It can be challenging to pick out a bottle when you’re facing a wall of bourbons at the store. How do you know which is best when they are all so different? Don’t worry; that’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the best bourbons of 2018.
Blade and Bow Kentucky Bourbon is first on our list of the best bourbons of 2018. Coming in at 91 proof, this bourbon is moderately priced, and a bottle will cost you around $50. It gets its unique taste from the special distilling process used to produce it. Blade and Bow goes through a unique solera aging system. This aging system is typically used in the production of some of the finest cognacs, ports, and sherries. After aging, the bourbon takes on notes of dried apricot, ripe pear, and charred oak.
Jefferson’s Ocean is next on our list of the best bourbon in 2018. This unique and flavor-packed bourbon is aged on water. That’s right – on a boat. Because the bourbon is subjected to wide fluctuations in temperature and constant movement from the undulating sea, it transforms into a thick, dark liquor. It takes on a rum-like flavor with hints of caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla. A bottle of 90 proof Jefferson’s Ocean costs around $80, but we think that its bold flavor is worth the price.
Although it’s relatively new to the bourbon scene, Oak and Eden comes in at number eight on our list of best bourbons of 2018. When you first spot this bourbon, you might notice something strange about it. Oak and Eden is bottled with a spiraled piece of oak inside. And no, it’s not just for decoration. This spire of oak helps infuse the bourbon with its woody flavor. Not only that, but the spire helps to create one of the smoothest bourbons that you’ll ever taste. In its final state, Oak and Eden is 90 proof and delivers a taste filled with vanilla, honey, and a smooth oakiness.
Next on our list of the best bourbons of 2018 is Russell’s Reserve 10 year bourbon. This bourbon boasts a wide variety of rich flavors, like cinnamon, butter, vanilla, and leather. Russell’s Reserve 10 year bourbon is bottled in small batches in casks made in the Wild Turkey rickhouse. A bottle of Russell’s Reserve is moderately priced, and you can expect to pay about $40 to savor this delicious bourbon.
George T. Stagg’s barrel proof bourbon is another one of our favorites. Each bottle is aged for at least 15 years in charred oak barrels. The extended stay in the barrel gives this bourbon a powerful and intense flavor. On average, each batch can reach over 140 proof. As you savor this bourbon, you’ll notice aromas of toffee, chocolate, and molasses. Tastes of tobacco, dark berries, and coffee flood the palate as you enjoy this bourbon.
The last bourbon on our list of the best bourbons of 2018 is Garrison Brothers Texas straight bourbon. With its rich aromas of butterscotch, toffee, and coconut, this bourbon is one of the most highly sought on the market. As you sip this bourbon, notes of butter, caramel, cinnamon, and orange will linger on your palate. This small-batch bourbon will set you back around $85 for a bottle, but we believe it’s well worth the experience.
So there you have it. Do you agree? What bourbons would you add to this list? It can be hard to choose just one when there are so many deliciously mouthwatering bourbons available. So many bourbons, so little time!