10 Small-Batch Bourbons to Buy Now
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Raise the banners and ring the bells, there’s a bourbon renaissance on. Perhaps you’ve already noticed it in the hushed tones used to describe Pappy Van Winkle, the hard-to-find bourbon so beloved that $26,000-worth of it was spirited away last year in a still-unsolved heist.
Part of Pappy’s appeal is that it’s small-batch, which means the product is made in only a few barrels at a time (as opposed to large-scale production, which can require a massive number of barrels). In many cases, small-batch products are more customizable than bigger batches; producers can more easily switch up the type of barrel used to age a spirit, use different ingredients and equipment, and so on. And because less is made at a time, small-batch spirits can be harder to find—the perfect recipe for cult status.
But you don’t have to turn to a life of crime if you can’t find any Pappy. We turned to Kara Newman, the spirits editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine, for a breakdown of her favorite small-batch bourbon picks.
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Name: Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Producer: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Origin: Frankfort, Kentucky
Alcohol by Volume: 46.5 Percent
"Light-bodied but luxurious, it gets more aromatic the longer you let it open up, with beautiful caramel and orange peel tones."
Buy it here.
Photo credit: Heaven Hill Distillery