A bottle that hardly needs an introduction, 2018 Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year bourbon.
The Pappy Van Winkle brand has become its own metaphor. Instead of describing Pappy Van Winkle bourbon as the “holy grail” or “golden goose,” other products can be aptly described as “the Pappy Van Winkle of [fill in the blank].”
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Several months after it was announced earlier this year, we finally had a chance to sample the Weller C.Y.P.B. The name “Weller” is now just as synonymous with bourbon hysteria as “Pappy.” So, this limited release generated a lot of buzz when it was announced.
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Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is part of Jim Beam’s small batch series, along with Knob Creek, Booker’s, and Baker’s. You can read more about Basil Hayden himself, and the origins of the brand, here.
Basil Haden’s is known for being a “gateway” bourbon. That is, it is an ideal introductory bourbon, due to its low alcohol content (80 proof) and inoffensive profile (sweet and smooth). The standard offering once carried an 8 year age statement, which was dropped in 2012. Now that standard offering is rebased at between 6-8 years old.
This month, Beam just released a new product, the Basil Hayden’s 10 year bourbon. This 10 Year release is said to be a new holiday-season annual offering by Jim Beam.
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One of the most hotly anticipated releases of the fall of 2018 was the Four Roses 2018 Limited Edition 130th Anniversary Small Batch.
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