Updated: Sep 3, 2019
Bourbon - the most asked for and most geeked out on product on the market right now. Here are some of our favorites for this year's Whiskey Festival!
1. Bower Hill Barrel Strength
The awards for this cask strength bourbon go on and on. Here are some of the highlights: "Best in Class, Gold Outstanding" at the Whiskies of the World Competition in 2018, Double Gold in the Great American International Spirits Competition, and 93 Points from the Ultimate Spirits Competition. An impressive resume for a bourbon you may not know about. You're about to call their lineup your new favorites.
Find it at the Bower Hill Table
2. Pinhook Bourbon
Pinhooking is an old Southern term for the shrewd purchase of very young thoroughbreds. The best pinhookers are brilliant speculators, with powerful gut instincts honed by experience and a deep knowledge of lineage. Pinhook is the ultimate in small batch, super high quality Bourbon. Smooth as silk with a delicious orange citrus finish. When everyone is running to the 'impossible to find whiskies', be smart and pick up some of this.
Find it at the Opici Table
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3. Hillrock Bourbon Solera Aged Sauternes Cask Finished
Hillrock is proud to be one of the few “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world and the first USA distillery since before Prohibition to floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate grown grain. Hillrock’s commitment to quality embodies the rich history of artisanal distilling in the Hudson Valley. This incredibly distinctive solera-aged bourbon is aged in rare Premier Cru Sauternes wine casks. Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon was the world's first solera aged bourbon. Solera aging is a process that has generally been reserved for aging cognacs, ports and sherries. The result is a signature balance of sweetness and acidity, with nutty flavors and notes of apricots, honey and peaches.
Find it at the Winebow Table
4. Four Roses Single Barrel
Previous single barrels of the OESK and OESV recipes of Four Roses Single Barrel sold out almost instantly at Maximum Beverage West Hartford and Farmington. The quality for the price is unmatched. Richness and complexity that you'll find on bourbons worth hundreds of dollars. Fruity, spicy, floral with cocoa, maple syrup, and moderately woody. Hints of ripe plum and cherries on the robust body. A smooth and delicately long finish.
Find it at the Four Roses Table
5. Garrison Brothers Maximum Beverage Private Single Barrel Cask Strength
This heavy hitting flavor explosion (bottled at 128.8 proof) was prominently featured in the VIP TASTING last year! Garrison brothers has been making waves in the realm of American craft whiskey. Their "Cowboy Bourbon" won #1 micro whiskey of the year in the 2014 Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible. Use of Wheat as the secondary grain (as opposed to rye) makes Garrison brothers part of a small group of "wheated" bourbons which include brands such as Larceny, W.L. Weller, and the Illustrious Van Winkle line of bourbons. The Bourbons are not rushed, and are allowed to rest under the hot Texas sun for a full 5 years in heavily charred American oak barrels before bottling.
Find it at the Craft Beer Guild Table
6. Redemption 9 Year Barrel Proof
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast. Aged eight years and bottled at a stunningly high proof, look for rich aromatics of caramel, almond and maple. On the palate, this whiskey almost suggests a dark beer-it feels effervescent, and shows espresso, toffee and clove. finishing dry and spiced, plus a flash of almond. Distilled in Indiana, aged and bottled in Kentucky.
Find it at the Remy Table
Taste all of these at our 6th Annual WeHa Whiskey Festival on Saturday October 13th! Do you have your tickets yet? Grab them before the sell out! Click here to purchase