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Taster’s Club Best Small Batch Bourbon

Written by Emma C | Updated July 2023

As the fastest-growing bourbon market segment, small-batch bourbon is having a moment, and there are plenty of fantastic options. While small-batch bottlings are often blended from about 10 barrels, this can vary. There may be no regulation on using the term, but it’s generally perceived as an indicator of quality. What remains true among the ambiguity is you have nearly endless small batch options to choose from. This can be a pretty big task for even the biggest bourbon enthusiasts, which is why we’ve created this Taster’s Club guide to the best small batch bourbon available in our bottle shop. Check it out.

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Taster’s Club Best Small Batch Bourbon Available in our Shop
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1. Booker's Small Batch 2023-03 'Mighty Fine Batch'

Booker's Small Batch 2023-03 'Mighty Fine Batch' is a tribute to Booker Noe's legendary declaration when he discovered exceptional bourbon. Aged for 7 years, 1 month, and 10 days, this cask-strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey stands at a robust 126.6-proof. Uncut and unfiltered, it embodies Noe's vision of "mighty fine" with a mash of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley. Brace yourself for a Kentucky hug as you savor rich notes of caramel corn, sweet brown sugar, intertwined with cinnamon, clove, and a subtle hint of black pepper.

Region: Kentucky | Tasting Notes: caramel, brown sugar, clove | ABV: 50%

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3. Four Roses Small Batch

This small-batch bourbon is a combination of four original bourbon recipes expertly selected by Four Roses’ Master Distiller at the peak of maturation. The result is a very approachable, mellow, perfectly balanced bourbon. You’ll get aromas of winter spice, honey, and floral, followed by similar flavors plus fruit and oak.

Region: Kentucky | Tasting Notes: oak, fruit, floral | ABV 45%

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4. Michter’s US*1 Bourbon

Featuring the highest quality American corn, Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is mellow and earthy. It’s batched in a holding tank that fits up to 20 full barrels and offers nuanced, complex flavors of vanilla, sweet corn, and peach, followed by a rich, peppery finish.

Region: Kentucky | Tasting Notes: Corn, Vanilla, Peach, Pepper | ABV 45.7%

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5. Elijah Craig Small Batch

This award-winning, small-batch bourbon from Elijah Craig is expertly aged in level 3 charred oak barrels and known for its signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavors. Each barrel is thoughtfully hand-selected by the brand’s Master Distillers.

Region: Kentucky | Tasting Notes: subtle smoke, spice, caramel | ABV 47%

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6. 1792 Small Batch

Sophisticated and complex, 1792 Small Batch Bourbon is a distinct bourbon whiskey created with precise craftsmanship. The spirit is made from the brand’s signature high rye recipe and the combination of select barrels carefully chosen by 1792’s Master Distiller. With an expressive and elegant flavor profile of bold spice, sweet caramel, and vanilla, the bourbon is uniquely brash and bold, yet smooth and balanced.

Region: Kentucky | Tasting Notes: spice, caramel, vanilla | ABV 46.85%

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7. Bib & Tucker Small Batch

Like the turn of the century that inspired it, boldness and refinement come together to create Bib & Tucker’s award-winning Small Batch bourbon. The dark maple spirit’s aging for a minimum of six years in new American white oak barrels produces an unparalleled smoothness. You’ll get sweet, mellow aromas of charred oak, butterscotch, toasted pecans, burnt sugar, and maple. Similar flavors along with cinnamon, pie, spice, and graham cracker follow, ending with a shorter finish.

Region: | Tasting Notes: Butterscotch, Pecans, Burnt Sugar | ABV 46%

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8. Evan Williams 1783

Evan Williams’ award-winning 1783 Small Batch bourbon honors the year that Evan Williams founded Kentucky’s first distillery. Created from fewer than 200 barrels, this extra-aged small batch bourbon offers classic aromas of caramel, charred oak, and vanilla, followed by the same flavors plus brown sugar.

Region: Kentucky | Tasting Notes: Caramel, Charred Oak, Vanilla | ABV 45%

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9. Larceny Small Batch

Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon originates from John E. Fitzgerald and the Old Fitzgerald brand’s history. Larceny’s Master Distillers select barrels from the rickhouse’s floor locations to create this six-year-old taste profile, which includes sweet caramel, honey, and fruit notes. Because the distillery uses more wheat than other similar bourbons, this small batch gives a softer, rounder character.

Region: Kentucky | Tasting Notes: caramel, honey, fruit | ABV 46%

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2. Bowman Brother's Small Batch

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon pays homage to the heroic Virginia militia officers in the Revolutionary War—John J., Abraham, Joseph, and Isaac Bowman. Crafted with the finest corn, rye, and malted barley, this hand-distilled bourbon undergoes a triple distillation process. The result is a masterfully created spirit boasting distinct notes of vanilla, spice, and oak—a tribute to the valor and craftsmanship of the Bowman brothers.

Region: Virginia | Tasting Notes: Vanilla, spice, oak | ABV: 45%

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10. Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon

Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon, a beacon of tradition in an unconventional locale, stands as our flagship creation. This award-winning bourbon captivates with a rich, dark amber hue and entices the senses with a floral bouquet, accompanied by notes of vanilla bean and caramel pudding. The palate unfolds with a symphony of floral tones, complemented by brown baking spices, browned butter, and a hint of cinnamon. The mouthfeel, light and smooth, reveals layers of vanilla bean and cinnamon spice, subtly accented with a hint of mint. Concluding with a medium-length finish, the journey concludes with lingering toffee, fading spice, and gentle vanilla nuances.

Region: Wyoming | Tasting Notes: Baking spices, vanilla bean, cinammon | ABV 44%

There you have it – the best small batch bourbon list to reference whenever you have guests coming by, you want to elevate your home bar, or you just need to unwind after a long day. For more fantastic bourbon ideas, check out our Bourbon Club which regularly gets you brand-new picks. It’s really a no-brainer – we do all the work and you just sit back and enjoy a new bottle delivered right to your door each month.

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