Celebrate National Bourbon Day

Bourbon Day 560x219Legend has it that on this day, June 14th, 1789, the Rev. Elijah Craig of Bourbon County, Kentucky first distilled whiskey from maize (corn). Those who believe that story credit Craig with inventing Bourbon, and we celebrate the occasion with National Bourbon Day on June 14th each year. We know that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. So what separates Bourbon from other whiskeys?

Whiskey in general, and Bourbon in particular have risen in popularity in recent years. We believe hard-liquor swilling characters on television shows like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, and Justified are to credit for the resurgence. So to help you celebrate National Bourbon Day like Don Draper, Nucky Thompson, or Boyd Crowder, we have three recommendations of Kentucky Straight Bourbon offerings to try this year…

I.W. Harper

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15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

After 20 years abroad, I.W. Harper has returned to the U.S. with two new offerings including I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  I.W. Harper evokes a sense of timeless gentility to provide premium whiskey to a new generation. Sweeter up front with grain and corn immediately apparent, I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey then moves into notes of oak, raisin, caramel, spice and vanilla. The Bowing Man stands to remind us— anywhere, anytime, it’s always a pleasure™.

86 Proof

Suggested Retail Price $75.

Forged Oak

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15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The fifth release from the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company is Forged Oak. This statuesque Kentucky Straight Bourbon spent 15 contemplative years resting in charred American oak. Beginning with notes of cedar, maple and vanilla bean on the nose, Forged Oak tastes of seasoned woody notes of cocoa and young berries with a long, dry finish of black pepper.

90.5 proof

Suggested Retail Price $65.

Blade and Bow

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22-Year-Old Limited Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Limited Release Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, paying homage to the artful passion and renowned craftsmanship of the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery, is the latest to be released from the historic distillery which now serves as the home to a number of high-quality whiskeys. Blade and Bow was recently awarded  “Best Straight Bourbon” at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Beginning with a pronounced nose reminiscent of toasted oak layered with vanilla bean, figs and dark caramel, Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky tastes smooth and smoky with good oak structure.

92 proof

Suggested Retail Price $150.