Best Bourbon Bottles to Give as Gifts
Best Bourbon Bottles to Give as Gifts
What Are the Best Bourbon Bottles to Give as a Gift?
There’s something extra special about giving bourbon as a gift. Everything about it, from the unwrapping to the sipping, is a special moment. With thousands of distilleries across the United States alone, it can be daunting to choose the best bourbon gifts for your loved one.
When it comes to giving a gift to the bourbon enthusiasts in your life, you can choose to give them a bourbon they know and love, or you can branch out and introduce them to new worlds of flavor and flash. Here is a list of bourbons that will be sure to please any bourbon lover.
Tried and True
These bourbons are well-known and well-loved throughout the world of whisky and won’t cost you a fortune. Just because they aren’t expensive doesn’t mean they aren’t high-quality bourbons.
Crafted in Shelbyville, Kentucky, this bourbon features a combination of rye, corn, and barley malt. What sets this particular bourbon apart is its high rye content. This gives the bourbon a bold and spicy flavor and a rich toffee finish.
Whether for sipping or making a hot toddy, this 90 proof bourbon does not disappoint.
As the nation’s oldest continuously running distillery, Buffalo Trace produces a bourbon that is as amber as the waves of grain. Vanilla, mint, and molasses combine to create a sweet bourbon with notes of brown sugar and spice. It finishes with flavors of oak, leather, and the meadow grasses reminiscent of the prairies surrounding the distillery.
This bourbon is good as a stand-alone or perfect for the Old Fashioned lover. This 90 proof standard is a perfect gift for that all-American bourbon enthusiast.
A Cut Above
These bourbons are also from industry leaders but have special reserves or bottles worth an extra look. And perhaps an extra penny or two.
Russell’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Bourbon
This small-batch bourbon is a part of Wild Turkey’s Russell Reserve line and is aged in barrels that are at least 10 years old. These particular barrels are #4 “alligator,” which means they’ve been charred (or placed under fire) for around 55 seconds, giving the interior of the barrel and the shiny, textured look of alligator skin.
This bourbon is bottled at 90 proof and has a vanilla and caramel aroma with a spicy flavor that is tempered with a bit of sweetness. The finish is where this bourbon shows off with a warm vanilla oak that has clearly been aged to perfection.
Maker’s Mark 46
This bourbon is a different spin on the standard Maker’s Mark whiskey. For a bolder flavor, this bourbon is further aged with special French oak seared staves placed in the standard Maker’s Mark barrels. With a heavy wheat content, this bourbon has a rich flavor that reminds you of warm cinnamon bread.
Bold flavors along with a smooth finish make this 94 proof bourbon an excellent choice for any bourbon lover.
For the Adventurous
If you’re looking for more unique bourbon gifts, these might just entice you. These are a little off the beaten path but still, promise to please even the pickiest bourbon lover.
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon
During the Prohibition, only six distilleries were granted special permits to produce bourbon for medicinal purposes, and Old Forester was one of them. Aged in heavily charred barrels, this bourbon has a rich dark flavor. Every sip is wrapped up in dark fruits and chocolate with a smoky hint of coffee and a spicy finish.
After one taste, you’ll soon see why this bourbon was approved to serve the “medical” community during prohibition. At 115 proof, it is a bit stronger than your average bourbon, so sip with care.
1792 Full Proof
This bourbon distilled by Barton Distillery in Kentucky won Best Bourbon at the World Whiskey Awards in 2018. Full Proof means this was bottled at its barrel entry proof. At 125 proof, this one packs quite a punch yet has a soothingly sweet and spicy flavor.
This is another higher rye content bourbon that makes for a bold and spicy finish.
When Money is No Object
If you’re looking for something a little EXTRA special, these just might foot the bill. These bourbons are just a little more than your average bottle might cost but will go a long way in making the recipient feel truly special.
Kentucky Owl Bourbon
For an extra special gift, you may want to consider this bourbon from Kentucky Owl. This bottle gives a nod to the aged barrels that were confiscated by the government just before prohibition. This bourbon starts off with a smooth caramel and leather taste that is packed with flavor.
A more expensive bourbon doesn’t always equal a sure thing in terms of experience and taste, but this bourbon truly delivers that something extra you may be looking for in a special gift.
Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon
Elijah Craig is credited as the first to char barrels for aging bourbon, and this expertise shines in the 18-year-old Single Barrel Bourbon. This robust bourbon is bottled from the ingredients of a single barrel and aged to smoky perfection.
The flavors in this bourbon are a sweet blend of orange, chocolate, oak, and honey. For the avid bourbon collector, this bottle makes the perfect unique gift.
Bourbon Gift Sets
Once you’ve chosen a nice bottle, you may want to go the extra mile and put together a gift set. You can include bourbon-related presents like specialized whiskey glasses, bitters, a cocktail shaker, or any of a host of gifts for bourbon lovers.
Bourbon has been around for hundreds of years. Whether used in classic cocktails or sipped from a glass, there is no doubt this liquor is something special.
The Best Bourbon Gifts
Here we’ve laid out a variety of bourbon choices, from the tried and true to the truly exotic. Each of these bottles can easily be found and purchased for that special bourbon drinker in your life. Finding the best bourbon gifts doesn’t have to be a difficult process.
Regardless of what you choose, the bourbon lover in your life is sure to be grateful that you took the time to pick out a gift that keeps giving as long as the bottle lasts. If you’re lucky, they may even share a dram with you.