When it comes to bourbon, nothing matters more than the juice itself. That's why Barrell Bourbon, while not a traditional distiller, leads the pack amongst the new school whiskey companies. Each batch of Barrell Bourbon is a little different, as they choose from straight bourbon from Kentucky and Tennessee. What doesn't vary is that each batch is bottled at a barrel strength that is typically north of 120 proof. Each one is also quite limited and so far, each has been nothing short of delicious. The latest batch — #7 — was distilled and aged for 5 years in Char #4 American white oak barrels in Tennessee before being bottled at 122.4 proof.
It's never easy to take over for a bourbon legend. But when Jim Rutledge stepped down after 49 years at the helm as master distiller at Four Roses last year, someone had to step in and fill those big shoes. Four Roses Elliott's Select Bourbon is the first limited release from new master distiller Brent Elliott, and while it won't make Rutledge fans forget his legacy, it's a great start for Elliott. Bottled at barrel strength after aging for 14 years, Elliott's Select uses the OESK recipe — one of ten that Four Roses produces. A delicious progression for Four Roses, only 10,000 hand numbered bottles will be available.
If Knob Creek is your go-to bourbon of choice, you'll want to pay special attention to the latest release from the folks at Jim Beam. Knob Creek 2001 Bourbon is the oldest Knob Creek release to date, spending 14 years in barrels before being bottled at 100 proof. 2001 was also the year that current master distiller Fred Noe had the torched passed to him from his father, the late Booker Noe. Some of the last barrels that Booker laid down in 2001 are represented in this special batch of Knob that also comes packaged in this commemorative wooden case.
Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon is exactly what it sounds like — Bulleit Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. The same high-rye mash bill you've come to love in standard Bulleit is intact, but the uncut and unfiltered version clocks in between 118-125 proof. Available in 375 and 750 mL bottles, it's your first chance to taste the truest form of Bulleit Bourbon that's ever been bottled.