Rye whiskey and rye influenced bourbons are fantastic drinks, but some prefer a sweeter taste when it comes to whiskey. 1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon replaces the often used rye grain in their bourbon mashbill with wheat, giving it a softer, sweeter flavor profile. The new 1792 expression was distilled in 2007 — and then aged, and bottled at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY. Wheated bourbons became famous thanks to the Pappy Van Winkle line — and while this isn't that, it's accessible, affordable and worthy of your booze dollars.
One of the most historic bourbon brands around is getting nostalgic with their newest release, Old Forestor 1897 Bottled In Bond Bourbon. Crafted to honor the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond act of 1897, which was legislation enacted in reaction to the underhanded practice of blending additives and who knows what else into spirits and passing it off as bourbon. Bottled in Bond bourbon must have been the product of one distillation season, one distiller, and from one distillery. It's also aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years and bottled at 100 proof. You get all that and more with 1897, a lightly filtered small batch expression that celebrates the past in a proper, great tasting fashion.
Choosing the best looking bottle on the shelf without any other knowledge of what it contains, won't typically yield good results. However, Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon is an eye pleasing example that looks as good on your bar as it tastes in your glass. Named after an old expression describing your best looking attire, Bib & Tucker is a six year old bourbon distilled in small batches and bottled at 92 proof by 35 Maple Street Spirits. Finally, a liquor store gamble that truly pays off.