2023 Bourbons of the Year

2023 Bourbons of the Year

Welcome to our annual bourbon roundup, where we dive into the top bourbons of 2023. Despite not being able to taste every bourbon released this year, our team has sampled a wide range, leading to some exciting discoveries. Let's explore these notable bourbons, complete with tasting notes and personal insights.

1. Jack Daniels 12-Year-Old Our first highlight is the Jack Daniels 12-Year-Old. This bourbon stands out for its remarkable improvement over its 10-year counterpart. Notable for its less dominant banana flavor, common in many Jack Daniels varieties, this bourbon instead offers a rich berry medley in the mid-palate. It also features a subtle nuttiness, appealing to those who enjoy a more complex profile.

Tasting Notes:

  • Berry medley flavor in the mid-palate
  • Subtle banana notes
  • Hint of nuttiness, less than in the 10-year-old version

2. Russell Reserve Single Rickhouse Camp Nelson F The Russell Reserve Single Rickhouse Camp Nelson F surprised us this year. Known for its moderate aging, this bourbon doesn't rely on extended aging to deliver its flavor. Costing around $300, it's a premium choice for those who appreciate a less aged, yet richly flavored bourbon.

Tasting Notes:

  • Moderate aging
  • Exceptional balance
  • Less oakiness compared to other older bourbons

3. Michter's 10-Year-Old Michter's 10-Year-Old boasts an extraordinary nose, rumored to be aged well beyond its stated 10 years. Its aroma is so distinctive that it stands out even among older bourbons.

Tasting Notes:

  • Rich and complex aroma
  • Possibly older than 10 years
  • Sweetness and balanced oak

4. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C923Β The Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C920 is a powerhouse in the bourbon world. Known for its high proof, it balances oak and sweetness masterfully, making it a standout choice for those who enjoy a robust flavor profile.

Tasting Notes:

  • High proof with balanced flavors
  • Oak and sweet confectionery notes
  • Exceptional balance and depth

5. 13th Colony Double OakedΒ Our last pick is a unique choice due to its double oak or special finishing process. This bourbon offers an intense flavor experience, akin to s'mores with its blend of sweet and smoky notes. It's a polarizing choice, but for those who enjoy a more pronounced flavor, it's a must-try.

Tasting Notes:

  • Intense smoky and sweet flavors
  • Resembles s'mores with caramelized sugar
  • Notably different from traditional bourbon profiles

Conclusion: The bourbons of 2023 have presented us with a variety of flavors and experiences. From the subtle complexities of the Jack Daniels 12 to the intense and unique profile of our fifth pick 13th Colony, this year has been a journey through the diverse world of bourbon. Remember, the best bourbon is the one that suits your palate, so we encourage you to explore and find your favorite.

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