Best Bourbons To Keep You Warm During Cold Months
It’s starting to get colder, and odds are you’re looking for a good way to warm up. Trust us, we get it! There is one perfect thing that will always do the trick: bourbon.
What is bourbon, anyway? Well, it’s a type of whiskey, but unlike scotch or rye or even some other types of whiskey, bourbon has to be made in America (by law). It must be made from at least 51% corn and aged in new white oak barrels. The variations in bourbon within and between brands are the result of countless tweaks distillers can make within these parameters. The longer it’s aged, the smoother it gets—and we mean smooth as butter!
This winter, when you want something that’ll keep you nice and cozy while it warms you up from the inside out, here are some of our favorite bourbons to make sure you get through these cold months with no problem at all:
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select
Every bar should have a bottle of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon. It delivers all the classic bourbon characteristics without going over budget. During Kentucky Derby season, it also works well in a drink like an Old Fashioned or a Mint Julep!
Bulleit Bourbon is inspired by an old family recipe for whiskey that was created over 150 years ago. It is crafted with only premium ingredients. The specific blend of corn, rye, and barley malt, along with yeast and pure Kentucky limestone filtered water, gives Bulleit Bourbon its complexity and character. Due to its notably high rye content, this bourbon has a robust, spicy flavor with a distinctly velvety and clean finish. The aromas are gently spicy with a hint of sweet oak, and the color is medium amber. The mid-palate has mellow notes of nutmeg, oak, and maple. Finish: Long, dry, satiny, with a light toffee flavor.
Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Small Batch
At this price point, Four Roses Small Batch excels at what it is intended to achieve; an affordable bottle of bourbon that is full of flavor. Small Batch distinguishes itself by providing a more sophisticated bourbon with aromas and flavors that a novice whiskey drinker might not yet appreciate but will with familiarity. Because of this, any new whiskey drinker who wants to delve further into the world of bourbon should make Small Batch a mandatory pour.
Lincoln Henderson’s lifetime of creating the best spirits in the world served as the inspiration for Angel’s Envy, a Kentucky straight bourbon aged in port casks. It’s a return to hand-blending small batches of 8 to 12 barrels each, which are meticulously tested at each stage of the production. This bourbon is finished for up to six months in carefully chosen casks of ruby port wine. Angel’s Envy is two fingers of the greatest whiskey ever tasted, receiving the highest recommendation from Spirit Journal, praise from Whisky Advocate, The Bourbon Review, and the top bourbon rating from Wine Enthusiast.
Maker’s Mark is a classic bourbon that is a favorite among many because it’s smooth, easy to drink, and has a sweet finish that’ll help keep you warm without getting too heavy. It also won’t break the bank! You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t recommend this after a long, cold day.
Let’s face it: Bourbon is awesome.
It has a rich and complex history, with roots that go back to the early days of America. It’s enjoyed by everyone from presidents to your annoying uncle, and if you’ve ever tried it you’ll know why. Bourbon is smooth and sweet, but it also has a bite—it’s the perfect balance of strong flavors that just go so well together. And when it comes to warming up on a cold day, there’s nothing quite like a good glass of bourbon!
Stop by your nearest Cox and Evergreen Liquors to stock up your bar with bourbon for these upcoming winter months.
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