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A Holiday Bourbon Guide

A Holiday Bourbon Guide
  December 01, 2023

A Holiday Bourbon Guide

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a glass of bourbon? Whether you're curled up by the fire or hosting a holiday party, bourbon is the perfect addition to any winter occasion. But with so many options available, it can be hard to know where to start. That's why we've put together this guide to help you choose the perfect bourbon for your holiday festivities.

First, let's talk about the basics. Bourbon is a type of American whiskey made primarily from corn. It must be aged in new, charred oak barrels and distilled to no more than 80% alcohol by volume. The resulting spirit is rich, flavorful, and perfect for sipping on a cold winter night.

When it comes to choosing a bourbon for the holidays, there are a few things to consider. First, think about the flavor profile you prefer. Do you like a sweeter, more caramel-forward bourbon, or do you prefer something with more spice and heat? Some great options for a sweeter bourbon include Maker's Mark or Woodford Reserve, while Buffalo Trace and Four Roses are excellent choices for those who prefer a spicier flavor profile.

Next, consider the age of the bourbon. While there are some excellent young bourbons on the market, older bourbons tend to be more complex and flavorful. Look for bourbons that have been aged for at least four years - some great options include Elijah Craig 12 Year and Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve.

Finally, think about how you'll be enjoying your bourbon. If you're sipping it neat, you'll want to choose a bourbon with a higher proof - around 100 proof is ideal. If you'll be using it in cocktails, a lower proof bourbon like Maker's Mark or Evan Williams will work well.

With these tips in mind, you're sure to find the perfect bourbon to enjoy during the holiday season. Whether you're sharing it with friends and family or enjoying it solo, a glass of bourbon is the perfect way to spread some holiday cheer. Cheers!