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Taster’s Club Best Kentucky Bourbon 2024

Written by Emma C | Updated April 2024

Kentucky has long been hailed as the heartland of Bourbon, representing the epitome of classic American whiskey. With the majority of bourbon production originating from the bluegrass state, the options for exceptional Kentucky bourbon are virtually limitless. Factors like the region's hard limestone water, optimal climate, and rich history with the spirit contribute to the creation of numerous outstanding bourbons.

Whether your palate leans towards the traditional full-bodied sweetness with hints of vanilla or craves a more robust profile with notes of wheat or rye, Kentucky offers a diverse array of choices. To assist in your bourbon exploration, we've curated a selection of top bottles from Taster’s Club in 2024, all conveniently available in our bottle shop.

Top 10 Kentucky Bourbon: Available in our Bottle Shop
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Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Having been in the industry for quite some time, there are certain bottles that leave a lasting impression on your spirit journey. For us, that bottle has always been Wild Turkey Rare Breed. This barrel-proof bourbon is an unapologetically bold expression of the iconic Wild Turkey distillery, embodying the untamed spirit of Kentucky craftsmanship. A blend of 6, 8, and 12-year-old bourbons, Rare Breed is bottled directly from the barrel, delivering an intense and rich flavor profile with each sip. With its high proof and deep complexity, Wild Turkey Rare Breed is a testament to authentic, full-flavored bourbons, perfect for enthusiasts seeking a genuine whiskey adventure.

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Larceny Barrel Proof

Indulge in the robust flavors of Larceny Barrel Proof, a wheated bourbon with a powerful punch! Unfiltered and barrel-proof, each batch released in January, May, and September represents the artistry of Small Batch Bourbon at its finest. With rich notes of molasses, fig, and hazelnut, this expression showcases the exceptional depth and character of wheated Bourbons. Larceny Barrel Proof, akin to its acclaimed counterparts Larceny Small Batch and Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond, stands as a testament to the unrivaled quality achievable with wheated Bourbons. Embrace the untamed spirit and distinctive taste of Larceny Barrel Proof, a true celebration of craftsmanship.

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Maker's Mark Private Collection "Chocolate Sundae"

Indulge in the exquisite offerings of Maker's Mark Private Collection, where each expression is a delightful adventure in flavor. The Maker's Mark Private Selection Chocolate Sundae Bourbon is no exception, standing out as a distinctive addition to our wood-finishing series. Beginning as fully matured Maker's Mark at cask strength, each barrel embarks on a transformative journey with the infusion of 10 custom wood finishing staves. Aged in our limestone cellar for nuanced flavor extraction, participants have a hand in stave selection, offering 1,001 possible combinations for a personalized finish and taste profile. Embrace the artistry behind Private Selection, crafting a refined bourbon shaped by your unique preferences.

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Old Forester 1920

Step back in time with a timeless treasure. Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon is more than a sip; it's a journey through history. Honoring the Prohibition era, when only six distillers continued bourbon production for medicinal purposes, Old Forester's legacy shines. Bottled at a robust 115 proof, mirroring the "angel's share" lost during maturation, this bourbon offers an authentic taste of the past. Its rich flavor profile, cherished for nearly a century, embodies enduring tradition and exceptional craftsmanship. Indulge in the spirit that bridges generations, as Old Forester continues to captivate bourbon enthusiasts with each expertly crafted bottle.

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Jefferson's Ocean Wheated

Embark on a flavorful voyage with Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea wheated bourbon. Aged for a minimum of four years, this bourbon then sets sail on ships, traversing the globe and undergoing hyper-aging. The maritime journey, with its constant agitation, varied weather conditions, and sea-salt air, imparts a unique flavor profile. Unlike rye, the softer wheat grain complements rather than competes with these oceanic influences, allowing the distinctive flavors of the sea voyage to shine through. Experience the amplified essence of ocean-aged bourbon, where every sip tells a tale of high seas and extraordinary craftsmanship.

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Four Roses Single Barrel

Indulge in the complexity of Four Roses Single Barrel, a 100-proof bourbon that showcases the distinct character of each hand-selected barrel by our Master Distiller. With a careful aging process spanning 7 to 9 years, this bourbon unveils a pronounced yet refined flavor profile that demands to be savored. Whether you're a seasoned bourbon enthusiast or seeking a deeper exploration of fine spirits, Four Roses Single Barrel offers an unparalleled experience, embodying the artistry and craftsmanship that defines exceptional bourbon. Treat yourself to the richness and depth of this meticulously crafted expression, a testament to the passion and dedication of Four Roses Distillery.

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Noah’s Mill

Explore the luxurious depths of Noah's Mill Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, boasting an impressive 57.15% alc./vol. (114.3 proof). This whiskey is renowned for its lush and opulent character, offering a sensory journey like no other. Dive into aromas of walnuts, prunes, and delicate floral notes that tantalize the nose. On the palate, experience a harmonious blend of walnuts, prunes, and spices, accented by hints of lavender and a balanced acidity that culminates in a lingering finish of burnt caramel. Noah's Mill is a masterpiece of flavor complexity, inviting enthusiasts to savor its rich and captivating profile sip after sip.

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Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon stands as a must-have for any bourbon enthusiast's collection. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail and heritage techniques, this bourbon embodies the true essence of American whiskey tradition. Bottled at a robust 110 proof and non-chill filtered, each barrel presents a unique character, adding spicy and bold nuances to Russell's Reserve's luscious tapestry. Dive into a rich symphony of signature toffee and vanilla notes with every sip, a journey that celebrates the heritage and dedication ingrained in this exceptional single barrel bourbon. Experience the legacy of Russell's Reserve, a testament to the artistry of bourbon craftsmanship.

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Old Grand Dad 114

Old Grand Dad 114 is undeniably a bourbon gem, offering exceptional value without compromising on flavor. As a cornerstone of Jim Beam's esteemed lineup, its popularity mirrors the bourbon renaissance, showcasing its enduring appeal. Despite rumors of discontinuation, loyal fans continue to praise its accessibility, robust proof, and distinctive Jim Beam nuttiness. As the apex proof in the Old Grand Dad series, which includes 80, 100, and bottled-in-bond versions, ODG114 holds its ground. Contrary to misconceptions about affordability, this expression emerges as a standout in my collection, beckoning with nuanced character and enriching Jim Beam's storied legacy.

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Green River Straight Wheated Bourbon

Savor the intricate harmony of flavors found in Green River's Kentucky Straight Wheated Bourbon. This exceptional spirit opens with a delightful bouquet of peach, caramel, apricot, and cinnamon aromas. On the palate, indulge in the luxurious notes of toffee, pastry, and hazelnut, leading to a velvety-smooth, honeyed finish. Crafted from a classic Kentucky mashbill comprising 70% locally sourced corn, 21% wheat, and 9% malted barley, this wheated expression promises a seamless and enjoyable drinking experience, all while retaining its distinctive character and charm.

If you are still uncertain about which Bourbon is right for you and looking for more options? We have many more options from Kentucky available in the Taster's Club Bottle Shop.

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Embark on a bourbon journey and uncover curated hidden gems that go beyond Kentucky. Explore distilleries in the heartland of America spanning from small-batch to barrel-proof, and even exclusive batches.

Embark on a bourbon journey and uncover curated hidden gems that go beyond Kentucky. Explore distilleries in the heartland of America spanning from small-batch to barrel-proof, and even exclusive batches.

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