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Buffalo Trace is one of America's mosted highly celebrated Kentucky Bourboon producers, making their traditional whiskey for over 200 years. Complex yet smooth, Buffalo Trace has the classic sweet vanilla'd oak flavours, with dark fruit and molasses notes, ending with a warming woody spice. An American classic.
Due to its especially high rye content, Bulleit Bourbon has a bold, spicy character with a finish that's distinctively clean and smooth with flavours of maple wood, toffee and nutmeg.
An artisan bottling of Kentucky Bourbon from Bardstown, Rowan's Creek is made from a combination of barrels of whiskey, aged for between 5 and 15 years. It carries a spicy, strongly sweet palate with lashings of fresh oak and molasses-rich flavours and a nutty pecan note.
Bottled at its natural cask strength, the Willett Rye offers a bold, incredibly peppery palate with hints of cinnamon, tobacco and clove spices. This is what the American's refer to as a 'straight rye' as the mashbill is predominantly made up of the rye grain. One of the best examples of this in-demand style - if you enjoy bourbons, you should explore its sister whiskey, rye.
The Reverend Elijah Craig etched his name into the history books of American whiskey as a pioneer of cask maturation - he was among the first to age his white dog spirit in charred oak barrels, a process now at the heart of bourbon making. The aroma is complex and sweet, with sour citrus fruit, vanilla bean and plenty of caramel, moving to a rich and spiced palate that lingers on toasty wood notes. One of Kentucky's benchmark bourbons.
Extremely difficult to find in New Zealand this is a single barrel bottling of the lauded Four Roses bourbon. Distilled at the Four Roses distillery in Kentucky with each batch coming from a single barrel, selected at the peak of its maturation and bottled at an American 100 proof or 50%. As each cask matures differently, these are unique, but the overall style seen from these releases are big, woody and full of cherry and caramel flavours.
Four different bourbons all from the Four Roses distillery have been combined to create the 'Small Batch', a bourbon best enjoyed neat to savour the big spicy oak and sweet flavours imparted by the American White Oak casks used at the distillery.
Bottled at 50.5%, Johnny drum is one of Kentucky's best kept secrets. Produced in small batches to ensure the finest quality and consistency, this bourbon has a well balanced rich and spicy sweetness to it, followed by a long spicy finish. Creamy, complex and well rounded this is a bourbon punching well above its weight.
Highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs alike, Noah's Mill is a fantastic small batch bourbon, containing aged whiskey's of from a selection of different mashbills, contributing to its smooth vanilla, spice and toasted wood flavours.
Brimming with the usual bourbon flavours of strong sweet white oak, a hint of eucalyptus and big vanilla notes dominate. The heavy rye component adds a real blast of hot spices to compliment the sweetness from this small batch Kentucky Bourbon, bottled at a natural cask strength.
This rye whiskey is named after the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans, birthplace of the famous Sazerac cocktail. Aromas of clove, vanilla, anise and pepper. Subtle notes of candies spices and citrus. The big finish is smooth with hints of licorice.
Smooth and richly colored, Wild Turkey Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is a genuine super-premium bourbon carefully crafted in the heart of Kentucky. Wild Turkey 8 Year-Old offers a lesson in traditional American values, most notably, the refusal to compromise on standards of excellence. Wild Turkey 8 Year-Old has an exceptionally soft, but rich aroma for a high proof bourbon, due to quality at all stages of making and aging for 8 years. Its taste is powerful and rich with caramel, vanilla and notes of honey and brown sugar. The finish is very long, rich and full-bodied, powerful, yet soothing. As many competitors distill at higher (and less expensive) proofs, they must add water to bring down the proof of their bourbons. Wild Turkey, on the other hand, comes out of the barrel at about 109 allowing the distiller to add little water and retain the true characteristics of the bourbon flavor. Wild Turkey is put it into the barrel at a lower (and more expensive) proof. Master Distiller Jimmy Russell likens it to making a great soup; if you cook it longer at a lower temperature, you retain the best flavors.
Bottled at cask strength Rare Breed is an uncompromised Kentucky bourbon with heavy notes of sweet tobacco and hints of orange and mint with a beautifully smooth finish.
Rich, luminous mahogany with honey tints. Elegant and creamy, with strong notes of vanilla that overlap a rich dark fruit medley, along with butterscotch, cinnamon and a dash of black pepper. Mouth-filling spice, vanilla, caramel and fruit flavours, with a touch of mint. The finish is long, smooth and clean, with slight spice and pepper - refreshing.