Top Bourbon Releases of the Year: PourMore's Exclusive Picks

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Barrel of Laughs: The Bourbons That Tickled Our Palate

Barrel of Laughs: The Bourbons That Tickled Our Palate

The Smooth Criminal: A Bourbon So Refined It's Almost Illegal

In the world of bourbon, being smooth is the equivalent of a stealthy heist. The Smooth Criminal slips past your defenses, leaving you wondering how something can be so criminally velvety. This bourbon is a master of disguise, with a flavor profile that's as complex as a bank vault's blueprints but as approachable as the guy next door.

Age and maturity come together in a bottle that's as suave as a seasoned con artist. It's not just about the age statement, though; it's the careful curation of barrels that gives this bourbon its signature charm. Here's a quick rundown of what makes it stand out:

  • A nose that hints at caramel heists and vanilla capers.
  • A palate that's smoother than a silk glove full of unmarked bills.
  • A finish that lingers longer than a fugitive on the run.
The true crime would be to overlook this bourbon on the shelf. Its allure is undeniable, and its presence in a glass is as commanding as a ringleader's whisper.

Whether you're a bourbon aficionado or a newcomer to the scene, The Smooth Criminal is a must-try. It's proof that sometimes, the most refined things in life are just a sip away from being downright illicit.

Cask Me If I Care: The Barrel-Aged Beauties of the Year

In the world of bourbon, the barrel is king, and this year's barrel-aged standouts have proven that age does indeed come before beauty. These amber elixirs have spent more time in wood than a woodpecker with a dream, and the result is a symphony of flavors that could make a grown man weep.

The longer the rest, the better the test. This year's top barrel-aged bourbons have sat patiently, soaking up every bit of character their wooden thrones had to offer. From the deep vanilla undertones to the spicy oak finish, these bourbons are a testament to the art of aging.

  • The Velvet Glove: A bourbon that caresses your palate with the gentleness of a lover's touch.
  • The Time Traveler: Each sip is a journey through the decades it spent in seclusion.
  • The Oak Oracle: Whispering secrets of the forest with every whiff and taste.
These beauties are not just drinks; they're a masterclass in patience and precision, a reminder that some things are worth waiting for.

Proof in the Pudding: High-Proof Heroes That Pack a Punch

In the world of bourbon, higher proof often equates to bolder flavors and a more robust experience. This year's high-proof heroes are not for the faint of heart, but for those who like their spirits with a bit of fire. These bottles have proven that a higher alcohol content doesn't just mean more heat; it means more complexity, more character, and more enjoyment for the true aficionado.

High-proof bourbons have a special place on the top shelf, not just because they can stand up to a splash of water or a cube of ice, but because they command respect all on their own. Here's a toast to the bourbons that aren't just strong, they're downright Herculean in their flavor profiles:

  • The 'Barrel Blaster' boasts a whopping 120 proof, yet sips smoother than one might expect.
  • 'Everclear Elixir' at 115 proof, offers a spicy kick that's perfectly balanced with notes of vanilla and oak.
  • 'The Intense Indulgence' surprises with a 130 proof that's as rich and decadent as a dark chocolate truffle.
These high-proof selections are not just about the thrill of the sip, but about the stories they tell and the craftsmanship they represent. Each bottle is a testament to the distiller's art, a bold statement in a glass.

Liquid Gold Rush: PourMore's Shiny New Favorites

Liquid Gold Rush: PourMore's Shiny New Favorites

The Velvet Sledgehammer: Bold Flavors with a Silky Finish

In the world of bourbon, the term 'Velvet Sledgehammer' is not an oxymoron but a testament to the masterful balance of strength and smoothness. These bourbons come on strong with bold flavors that could knock you off your feet, yet they finish as gently as a lover's whisper. It's the kind of drink that can start a party in your mouth and invite your palate to the after-party.

The secret to this alchemy lies in the aging process. The longer the bourbon rests in charred oak barrels, the more time it has to mellow out the fiery kick of alcohol. But don't be fooled; these are not bourbons for the faint of heart. They demand attention and respect with every sip.

The Velvet Sledgehammer is a celebration of contrasts, a harmonious blend of power and grace that leaves a lasting impression.

For those brave enough to dance with the Velvet Sledgehammer, here's a quick rundown of what to expect:

  • A robust initial taste that asserts itself without apology.
  • A complex middle that weaves spicy, sweet, and smoky notes.
  • A finish that's as smooth as silk, defying the intensity of the first sip.

Honey, I Drank the Barrel: Sweet and Sumptuous Sips

In the world of bourbon, sweetness isn't just a flavor; it's a symphony. And this year, the maestros of malt have outdone themselves with creations that could make a bee jealous. The Angel's Envy Cask Strength Rye Whiskey stands out with its rich, honeyed notes, proving that indulgence can come in liquid form.

But it's not just about the sweetness; it's the balance that makes these bourbons shine. The Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch marries caramel and vanilla in a harmonious blend that dances on the palate. Meanwhile, the Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye whispers hints of spice among its sweeter tones, creating a complex profile that's as intriguing as it is delightful.

The true connoisseur knows that the essence of a great sweet bourbon lies in its ability to surprise and enchant with each sip.

For those who keep their finger on the pulse of bourbon releases, the King of Kentucky and Parker's Heritage are names that resonate with excellence. Their latest offerings are no exception, delivering a masterclass in what it means to be both sumptuous and sophisticated.

Age Before Beauty: Vintage Vixens Stealing the Spotlight

In the world of bourbon, age is more than just a number—it's a badge of honor. The older, the bolder, as they say, and this year's vintage selections have proven that time can indeed perfect a good dram. These venerable vintages have been tucked away in their wooden sanctuaries, emerging as nothing short of liquid history.

PourMore has curated a list of these aged beauties that not only have years under their belt but also a complexity that tells a tale in every sip. Here's a peek at the top picks that have gracefully withstood the test of time:

  • The Centenarian: A bourbon that's seen a century of seasons.
  • The Prohibition Survivor: A rare find from the era of speakeasies.
  • The Time Capsule: A bottle whose contents are as rich as its backstory.
These bourbons are not just drinks; they are time capsules, each with a unique story etched into their very essence.

While these bottles may come with a steeper price tag, the experience they offer is priceless. Savoring them is akin to taking a step back in time, to an era where craftsmanship and patience were the cornerstones of excellence. For the true connoisseur, these are the trophies of a well-curated collection.

Mash Bills and Thrills: The Bourbons Redefining Grain Games

Mash Bills and Thrills: The Bourbons Redefining Grain Games

The Corn Identity: Bourbons That Bring the Kernel Back

In the world of bourbon, corn is more than just a cereal grain; it's the soul of the spirit. The law dictates that to be called bourbon, a whiskey must contain at least 51% corn in its mash bill. But some distillers don't just meet this requirement; they leap over it with a corn content that can climb much higher, resulting in a sweetness and full-bodied flavor that's as unmistakable as it is delightful.

PourMore has curated a selection of these high-corn-content bourbons, each offering a unique twist on the classic American whiskey. From the traditional to the innovative, these bourbons showcase how varying the corn content can lead to a spectrum of taste profiles that both novices and connoisseurs can savor.

The right corn ratio can elevate a bourbon from good to unforgettable, making it a staple in any whiskey lover's collection.

Here's a quick rundown of what to expect from these kernel-rich bourbons:

  • A sweeter, more robust flavor profile
  • A creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel
  • A warm, lingering finish that invites another sip

Whether you're a bourbon purist or an adventurous drinker, exploring these corn-centric creations is a journey worth taking.

Rye Not? Eccentric Rye-Forward Revelations

This year, the rye whiskey scene has been nothing short of a renaissance. Distillers have been boldly pushing the boundaries of what rye can be, and the results? Absolutely revelatory. With a peppery punch that's become a signature of American rye whiskeys, these bottles are not just a nod to tradition; they're a full-blown parade.

The spotlight this year is on the rye-forward bourbons that have managed to surprise even the most seasoned palates. Their complexity and boldness have earned them a place on the top shelf of any whiskey lover's collection.

Here's a quick rundown of the standouts that have been turning heads and warming hearts:

  • The 'Spice Rack Symphony' that harmonizes an array of botanicals with the robust rye base.
  • 'The Vanilla Vigilante', a bottle where sweet meets heat, proving that rye can be both fierce and smooth.
  • 'Oak Overcoat', the dram that dresses its rye in a wardrobe of woody notes, offering a sip that's as comforting as it is sophisticated.

Wheated Wonders: The Soft Side of Bourbon

In the world of bourbon, wheated varieties are like the cashmere sweaters of the whiskey wardrobe—luxuriously smooth and effortlessly stylish. These wheated wonders swap the traditional rye for soft, supple wheat, offering a gentler sip that caresses the palate with a velvety embrace.

Wheat imparts a sweeter, more mellow profile, making these bourbons the perfect gateway pour for those looking to ease into the spirit without the spice kick. Here's a toast to the distillers who dare to tread the wheat path, crafting spirits that prove strength and softness can go hand-in-hand.

The true beauty of a wheated bourbon lies not just in its approachable character, but in its ability to play well with others. Whether neat, on the rocks, or as the backbone of a cocktail, these bourbons are as versatile as they are delightful.
  • The Velvet Glove: A bourbon that caresses your senses.
  • The Sweet Whisper: A hint of caramel and vanilla that lingers.
  • The Gentleman's Choice: Refined and sophisticated, yet approachable.

The Peat's Knees: Smoky Sensations for the Daring Drinker

The Peat's Knees: Smoky Sensations for the Daring Drinker

Smoke on the Water, Fire in the Glass: Peated Perfection

When bourbon aficionados hear the word peat, they know they're in for a smoky treat. This year's standout is a testament to the art of incorporating just the right amount of peat without overwhelming the senses. The result is a harmonious blend of fire and flavor that's as memorable as it is unique.

  • The initial nose offers a gentle whisper of smoke
  • On the palate, a crescendo of complex flavors
  • The finish is a long, satisfying smolder
This bourbon is not just a drink; it's a journey through a landscape of sensory delights. Each sip promises an adventure, from the first smoky inhalation to the lingering aftertaste that invites contemplation.

For those looking to explore the world of bourbon whiskeys, this peated perfection offers a rich and smoky profile, with an undercurrent of sweet and spicy notes. It's a velvety goodness that's intense yet approachable, perfect for both the seasoned enthusiast and the curious newcomer.

Charred Charmers: The Bourbons with a Burnt Twist

In the world of bourbon, a little char goes a long way, and the Charred Charmers category is where the magic of a deep burn turns into a symphony of flavors. These bourbons have been kissed by flames, transforming them into smoky wonders that intrigue the palate.

The allure of these bottles lies in their ability to balance the robust smokiness with a surprising smoothness that keeps you coming back for more.

While some purists might scoff at the idea of too much char, our top picks prove that there's a fine line between burnt and brilliant. Here's a quick rundown of the bourbons that have mastered this fiery feat:

  • #1 Whiskey of 2023 | Breaking Bourbon: Best of the Year. In 2013 Heaven Hill introduced Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, an allocated cask strength bourbon that varies in proof by batch and is released periodically throughout the year.
  • The Smoldering Sovereign: A bourbon that boasts a complex profile with notes of toasted oak and a hint of sweet caramel.
  • The Ember Enchanter: Perfect for those who enjoy a smoky finish that lingers long after the last sip.

Campfire Companions: Bourbons That Bring the Outdoors In

When the night sky is your ceiling, and the earth is your seat, nothing complements the crackling of a campfire like a bourbon that echoes the essence of the great outdoors. These bourbons are not just drinks; they're liquid campfire stories, waiting to be shared under the stars.

Campfire Companions bourbons are a testament to the art of aging and the skill of blending. With each sip, you're transported to a world where the smokiness of peat and the sweetness of caramel dance in harmony. It's a place where every bottle tells a tale of time-honored traditions and innovative craftsmanship.

  • The Smoky Trailblazer: A bold, peaty profile with hints of toasted marshmallow
  • The Ember Embrace: A warm, spicy bourbon with a smoldering finish
  • The Forest Forager: A complex blend with notes of oak and wild berries
These bourbons are the perfect partners for those who love to sip their whiskey with a side of adventure. They're crafted for the wanderers, the storytellers, and the fire gazers.

Bourbon production evolves with charred barrels, offering diverse flavor profiles. PourMore caters to enthusiasts with unique bottles and monthly deliveries. Explore and enhance your bourbon experience today!

Bourbon Mixology: Stirring Up the Classics with a Twist

Bourbon Mixology: Stirring Up the Classics with a Twist

Old Fashioned, New Tricks: Reinventing a Classic

In the world of bourbon mixology, the Old Fashioned is akin to the granddaddy of cocktails. But even the most venerable of drinks can use a spruce-up from time to time. PourMore's mixologists have been busy bees, shaking up this timeless concoction with a few modern twists that would make even a purist raise an eyebrow in pleasant surprise.

Innovation is the name of the game, and it starts with the sweeteners. Gone are the days of simple sugar cubes; enter stage left, the artisanal syrups and unexpected sweeteners like agave nectar and maple syrup. These new kids on the block bring a depth of flavor that's as complex as the bourbons they're paired with.

  • Bitters Bonanza: Experiment with a variety of bitters beyond the classic Angostura to add unique flavor profiles.
  • Herbal Hints: Muddle in fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme for an aromatic twist.
  • Fruit Fusions: Incorporate seasonal fruits to garnish and infuse.
The secret to a successful Old Fashioned remix lies not just in the ingredients, but in the balance and harmony of flavors. It's a delicate dance between the strong, the sweet, and the bitter - and when done right, it's a symphony in a glass.

Manhattan Metamorphosis: The Big Apple Goes Bourbon

When the classic Manhattan cocktail gets a bourbon makeover, it's like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly—but in a glass, and much quicker. The transformation is not just in the spirit, but in the soul of the drink. Bourbon brings a warmth and complexity that rye whiskey can only dream of, making each sip a little more like a hug from an old friend.

  • Start with a high-quality bourbon that plays well with others.
  • Add a dash of sweet vermouth to complement, not overpower.
  • A couple of dashes of bitters to add depth and intrigue.
  • Don't forget the cherry on top for that quintessential Manhattan charm.
The key is balance; a perfect Manhattan metamorphosis should leave you wondering why you ever drank anything else. The bourbon's caramel notes dance with the vermouth's herbal whisper, while the bitters keep everyone in line. It's a modern twist on an age-old potion that's sure to cast its spell on the next generation of cocktail aficionados.

The Mint Julep Makeover: A Fresh Take on a Southern Staple

In the world of bourbon mixology, the Mint Julep stands tall as a Southern icon. But even the most classic of cocktails can use a little sprucing up. PourMore's mixologists have shaken the branches of tradition to let new leaves fall, crafting a Mint Julep that's both familiar and thrillingly novel. With a twist of exotic bitters and a splash of homemade syrup, this makeover is more than skin deep.

Innovation is key in the art of cocktail transformation, and the Mint Julep is no exception. Here's a quick rundown of the ingredients that make our revamped Julep a head-turner:

  • A generous pour of hand-selected small-batch bourbon
  • Fresh mint, plucked at the peak of its aromatic powers
  • Artisanal syrup, infused with secret garden herbs
  • A dash of rare bitters, for that je ne sais quoi
The result is a symphony of flavors that pays homage to the old while ushering in the new. It's a sip that tells a story, one of heritage and innovation dancing in a crystal glass.

So, next time you're looking to impress at your garden party or simply want to indulge in a bit of Southern charm, give this modern classic a try. It's a testament to the fact that some things only get better with a little reinvention.

Dive into the world of Bourbon Mixology where we're shaking up the classics with an innovative twist! Our curated collection of bourbon-infused recipes is sure to tantalize your taste buds and elevate your cocktail game. Don't let your mixology journey end here; visit our website for more inspiring concoctions and expert tips. Stir your curiosity and click through to discover a realm of bold flavors and sophisticated blends that await you.