Taking a shot of bourbon can be rough, but that’s probably because the spirit wasn’t meant to be drunk in quick spurts. It was created using complex flavors that are best enjoyed when sipping. Here, we share some of our favorite bourbons that are especially wonderful for sipping by the firepit with family and friends. Let the memories begin!
If you’re looking for something earthy and nutty with a hint of spice and a peculiar (in a good way) dryness, Old Grand-Dad will do the trick. It’s best enjoyed on ice because the creamy vanilla and spiciness will flavorfully fill your mouth. The flavor will linger longer the more chilled it is.
If you’re willing to spend a pretty penny, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is the way to go. It’s true that the blend is different every year, but the quality is always top-notch. The dessert-like bourbon features hints of caramel, dark chocolate, almonds, and dark cherry. Get your hands on a bottle while you can – especially if it’s a good value. Sniff, sip, and enjoy.
Frey Ranch Straight Bourbon is an outstanding sipping whiskey, but it also has a pretty cool story. This bourbon is distilled and aged at the same Nevada ranch where the grains are grown, and the barley is malted! With flavors like vanilla bean, orange peel, and caramel, it’s hard to turn away. You’ll also get hints of oak and pepper.
Are you ballin’ on a budget? If so, try the reasonably priced Four Roses bourbon. If you can spend a little more, check out the Single Barrel. Or, look into the Four Roses Small Batch, Small Batch Select, or Limited Edition Small Batch.
It’s crisp outside, you’re by the firepit, and you can’t help but imagine what fall would taste like in a glass. Don’t rely on your imagination any longer; just grab yourself a glass of Balcones Texas Pot Still. Notes include crisp apples, kettle corn, and graham crackers. Some candied pecans and cream might work their way in there, too. Balcones will win you over regardless of what your taste buds pick up on.
Do you have a favorite bourbon? Share it with us in the comments below.