Willett Bourbon

Willett Bourbon - Americana Specialty WhiskeysThe Willett family boasts a reputation for distilling fine whiskeys thanks to their move to the American Colonies early in the 17th century. The Willetts ultimately opened a number of new whiskey distilleries in Kentucky.

The Willett Single Barrel Estate Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a sipping whiskey with a subtle flavor and rich notes of caramel, toasted coconut, cedar, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Aged in white oak casks, Willett Bourbon is the perfect drink for casual tastings and relaxing nightcaps.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 47%
Price: $10.00

Willett Rye

Willett Rye - Americana Specialty WhiskeysFormerly a well-respected French company, Willett migrated to the American Colonies in the 1600s to begin distilling fine whiskeys in the Americas. First settling in Bardstown, Kentucky, the Willetts went onto produce this rare four- to five-year-old bourbon that has become a staple of the Americana specialty whiskey menu.

Willett Rye is bottled at cask strength to maintain a bold, peppery taste with intoxicating notes of butterscotch, tobacco, and cinnamon. Willett Rye pairs best with a fine cigar, which brings out the spice and caramel hidden to all but the most educated palates.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 55%
Price: $14.00

High West “Campfire”

High West Campfire - Americana Specialty WhiskeysCreated with a passion for the American West and cooking, High West “Campfire” is a small-batch whiskey mature for a minimum of five years. During that time, proprietor David Perkins uses his experience as a biochemist to perfect the unique taste of this inviting spirit.

High West “Campfire” is a blend of Scotch, rye, and bourbon to give it the distinctive spicy nose for which it is now famous. An underlying fragrance of dried fruit and smoke make it the perfect camp companion while traces of tobacco, nutmeg, and orange zest accent a sweet finish.

Distillery Location: Utah
Alcohol Content: 46%
Price: $12.00

2013 Winner: Most Innovative New Whiskey

Noah’s Hill Bourbon

Noah's Hill Bourbon - Americana Specialty WhiskeysNoah’s Mill Bourbon is hand-bottled by the Kentucky Bourbon Distillers after being aged to an impressive 15-year maturity. Noah’s Mill is one of four small batch bourbons produced by the company, joining names like Rowan’s Creek, Pure Kentucky XO, and Kentucky Vintage.

What Noah’s Mill lacks in heat it makes up in complex flavors led by leather, coffee, and toast. Regarded as being the perfect balance between being lively and mature, Noah’s Mill is famous for its extensive finish without the sweetness so often associated with low-proof bourbons.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 57.15%
Price: $12.00

Booker’s

Booker's - Americana Specialty WhiskeysWhile a newcomer to the fine bourbon scene, Booker’s has rapidly earned a strong reputation since first hitting whiskey bar shelves in 1992. Earning 90-95 points from Wine Enthusiast, distiller Booker Beam ages each batch up to eight years to maintain a concentrated and intense strength.

Booker’s is the go-to bourbon for whiskey lovers that enjoy bold and smoky flavors. It’s also a favorite for water dilution (which adds other flavors like toast and fruit). Vanilla and caramel finalize the complex layers that make Booker’s a delightful addition to any fine whiskey stock.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 63%
Price: $12.00

Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve - Americana Specialty WhiskeysThe Woodford Reserve began as a distilling site in 1780; the first distillery building was added in 1838. This makes the Reserve the oldest operating distillery in Kentucky. In fact, Woodford reserve was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

This bourbon is characterized by a smooth and flavorful taste but with a bold palate accented by pepper and dried apricot. Try to identify other complex flavors in Woodford Reserve like oak, vanilla, and caramel. This bourbon is perfect for Mint Juleps or as a standalone sipping whiskey.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 45.2%
Price: $9.00

Devil’s Cut Bourbon

Devil's Cut Bourbon - Americana Specialty WhiskeysA certain amount of whiskey evaporates during maturation, known as the “Angel’s Share” in fine whiskey circles. Around two gallons are also usually also absorbed into the wood of the barrel, called the “Devil’s Cut.” While most whiskey distillers find this portion too difficult and expensive to extract, Jim Beam brings you Devil’s Cut 90 Proof.

Devil’s Cut derives its heavy oak flavor from the aging barrels themselves. Other flavors come from the barrel as well, particularly vanilla and caramel. Devil’s Cut is best paired with a mild cigar or mixed in a highball.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 45%
Price: $9.00

Bulleit Bourbon/Rye

Bulleit Bourbon - Americana Specialty BourbonsLike many whiskeys distilled before Prohibition, Bulleit Bourbon is characterized by a mash with nearly 30 percent rye. While this may have been common in the early 20th century, the high rye content gives the bourbon the highest rye content available in bourbons today.

Bulleit’s bold flavor comes from its six year aging process, which also lends the drink a sweet, smoky finish. While you can certainly drink Bulleit straight, this fine bourbon is best used in a cocktail. The rye variety of Bulleit is also a 90 proof beverage, but uses a malt mix of 95% rye and 5% barley.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 45%
Price: $8.00

Basil Hayden’s

Basil Hayden's - Americana Specialty WhiskeysKnown as the lightest bodied bourbon in the Jim Beam small batch family, Basil Hayden’s is notable for containing a slightly higher rye content in the mash. While the recipe for the bourbon goes back the late 18th century, Basil Hayden’s wasn’t introduced commercially until 1988.

Expect a unique flavor in Basil Hayden’s (thanks to the lighter body) with blends of tea, peppermint, pepper, and spices. The spice of the bourbon is offset by a slightly sweet finish.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 40%
Price: $8.50

Knob Creek

Knob Creek - Americana Specialty Whiskey MenuSince the first bottle of Knob Creek hit liquor store shelves in 1992, the 100 proof small batch bourbon bottled by Jim Beam has won several accolades. Knob Creek won two double gold, three golds, a silver, and a bronze medal from 2005 to 2012 in the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions. Other awards for the bourbon whiskey include a 2005 90-95 rating by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and two 90+ ratings by the Beverage Testing Institute.

The long aging process of Knob Creek gives it a much sweeter (almost fruity) flavor than other bourbons. Paired with a oak and toasted nuts aroma, Knob Creek is the perfect sipping whiskey.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 50%
Price: $8.00

Maker’s Mark

Maker's Mark - Americana Specialty Whiskey MenuMaker’s Mark was first bottled in 1958, and featured the characteristic dipped red wax seal even then. Many whisky enthusiasts jumped on the Maker’s Mark train following their aggressive marketing campaign in the 1970s which simply stated “It tastes expensive… and is.” This 90 proof bourbon whisky is aged for six years with careful attention to temperature throughout the process.

Maker’s Mark uses no rye in the mash, instead relying on red winter wheat, malted barley, and corn to give the whisky (Scottish spelling) its distinctive taste.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 45%
Price: $8.00

Old Overholt Rye

Old Overholt Rye - Americana Specialty Whiskey MenuOld Overholt Rye boasts a long and notable history that has earned the straight rye whiskey a solid reputation in whiskey communities. Reputed as Doc Holliday’s drink of choice, this whiskey was also used by the U.S. Navy in World War II as it’s official “medicinal alcohol.” The Pennsylvanian whiskey has been produced since 1810, and is named after distiller Abraham Overholt.

Like many rye whiskeys, Old Overholt features a fruity, spicy taste with a long and warm finish. Some drinkers also claim a ginger and cinnamon tingle evident to educated palates.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 40%
Price: $7.50
 
 

Elijah Craig Bourbon

Elijah Craig Bourbon - Americana Specialty Whiskey MenuThis Heaven Hill whiskey comes in two aged batches — 12 and 18 years — the latter of which makes the bourbon the oldest single barrel bourbon. In fact, only about 1/3 of the whiskey in the barrel lasts through the aging process (the remainder lost as the “Angel’s share.”) Elijah Craig Bourbon won worldwide recognition after winning a Best Bourbon and Double Gold Medal rating at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The deep, rich structure of Elijah Craig carries with it hints of perfume and honey that survive until the finish, while the relatively high alcohol content keeps the bite that makes this bourbon fantastic kept neat.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 47%
Price: $8.00

Rittenhouse Rye

Rittenhouse Rye - Americana Specialty Whiskey MenuFirst distilled in 1934 and marketed towards whiskey drinkers on a budget, Rittenhouse Rye is a premiere rye whiskey bottled in Louisville, Kentucky, although it was first distilled in Maryland. Despite its affordable cost, Rittenhouse Rye was honored as the 2006 Whiskey of the Year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Rittenhouse Rye is a moderately light-bodied drink with hints of lemon, toasted almonds, and hazelnuts. The light citrus notes make this whiskey a fantastic choice for mixers and straight drinking alike.

Distillery Location: Kentucky
Alcohol Content: 50%
Price: $8.00
 

Glenlivet 12 Year

Glenlivet 12 Year - Americana Specialty Whiskey MenuMany people looking to break into the world of fine whiskey start with this very approachable single malt scotch whiskey from the famous Glenlivet distillery in Speyside’s heart. Aged for 12 years, Glenlivet 12 year is not very complex, and is perfect before a meal as a replacement for sherry or port.

Glenlivet 12 year boasts a sweet creamy vanilla flavor with notes of fudge and aniseed. Both the palate and finish are warm while the first taste most people notice when sipping this scotch is a whisper of oak.

Distillery Location: Scotland
Alcohol Content: 40%
Price: $9.00

Laphroaig 10 Year

Laphroaig 10 Year - Americana Specialty Whiskey MenuInvented by Ian Hunter more than 75 years ago, Laphroaig 10 Year maintains its distinctive taste with the exact same distilling process. First, malted barley is dried over a fire fueled with peat (giving the scotch its rich flavor) before entering its long aging process. Laphroaig 10 Year was awarded the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold medal.

Laphroaig 10 Year’s nose is characterized by a seaweedy, smoky aroma while the palate is actually quite sweet. The finish lingers with touches of salt and the peat originally used to smoke the malted barley mash.

Distillery Location: Islay, Scotland
Alcohol Content: 40%
Price: $10.00
 

Macallan 15 Year

Macallan 15 Year - Americana Specialty Whiskey MenuDon’t be fooled by Wine Enthusiast’s designation of Macallan 15 Year as their 2004 Best Buy choice – this fine single malt scotch whisky is complex as any upscale whiskey, and only a fraction of the cost more than the 10 year old. And this extra cost awards the drinker with a very complex palate with an initial burst of yellow dried fruit that evaporates into honey, light toffee, and coconut.

Many whisky enthusiasts rank the Macallan 15 Year even superior to its 21 year old brother as the 15 year includes a balanced taste with an unmistakable dark chocolate and marmalade finish. Truly a unique experience for whiskey drinkers of all levels.

Distillery Location: Speyside, Scotland
Alcohol Content: 40%
Price: $14.00