Bourbon: A Selection of Kentucky’s Best

J.M. Towers

Delicious and prestigious Kentucky bourbons. In this state, known for thoroughbreds and horse races, American whiskey enjoys its highest popularity.

Kentucky bourbon is a legendary whiskey, famous for its original flavor and its traditions. Its origins date back to when the first Scottish and Irish settlers arrived in America and settled in what we now know as the United States. These settlers brought with them their whiskey and the knowledge to make it. Over time, Americans developed a sweeter and less smoky variation than traditional whiskey, which they now call bourbon or American whiskey.
Early Times
Early Times Distillery Co., LouisvilleBourbon KentuckyIt has a deep amber color with spicy aromas of sweet fruit, oak and fine hints of corn over a layer of vanilla and caramel. Its taste is spicy with the caramel and vanilla accents melting into a mixture of fresh fruit notes. The finish is warm with subtle hints of apple and corn.Maker’s Mark
Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc., Loretto

Bourbon Kentucky

This iconic brand continues the family tradition of replacing rye with red wheat for a milder flavor. Its color is amber and the aroma highlights its honeyed notes, with caramel and toasted flavors from the barrel. The taste is sweet, warm and tasty, and it has an intense balsamic mint finish.

Woodford Reserve
The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles

Bourbon Kentucky

This is super premium bourbon produced in the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the smallest and oldest in the United States still in operation. Located in the picturesque farmlands of Kentucky, it is the only distillery that uses copper stills and ages the bourbon in a limestone winery. This bourbon shows a deep amber color with aromas of red fruits, caramel, honey, black chocolate and toasted oak. In the palate, it is warm and at the same time refreshing: fine, dry and tasty bourbon.

Blanton’s Original Single Barrel
Blanton’s Distilling Co., Frankfort

Bourbon Kentucky

Blanton’s is one of the most popular bourbons from Kentucky. With a reddish amber color, it has aromas of spices and dried citrus with a background of caramel and vanilla. On the palate, it leaves a mixture of burnt sugar, caramel, orange and clove accents. It has a balanced finish with hints of vanilla, honey and citrus. ■

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