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Best Whiskey Brands

Updated on April 19, 2014
Best Whiskey Brands - Kentucky Bourbon
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Best Whiskey Brands - Kentucky Bourbon

Kentucky is famous for its high quality bourbon. There are many renowned brands in the state.

This hub focuses on Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon which is one of the Best Whiskey Brands in Kentucky.

Located 1 hour East of Louisville, KY on the I-64E it is worth the drive to experience this spirit directly where it is distilled.

Road Trip

While on an ambitious road trip to Nashville from Toronto, ON our car became lost, when I directed us in the opposite direction from Cincinnati down the I-75 instead of the I-71. Little did we know at the time that those miss-directions would lead us to a wonderful discovery.

Once we had corrected our course we found ourselves travelling westbound on the I-64 and came across highway signs indicating that the Woodford Reserve Distillery was nearby. Just follow the well marked road signs or the Google map below.

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Woodford Reserve Distillery

The Distillery

The distillery itself is in a very scenic area and the site is full of nice old limestone buildings. In fact it is one of the oldest and smallest working distilleries in Kentucky. The surrounding land is stereotypical Kentucky Bluegrass Horse Ranches and rolling hills.

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Woodford Reserve - Best Whiskey Brands - Kentucky BourbonKentucky LandscapeOn the tourOn the road to whiskeyBarrels - The Angels are getting their shareOld limestone buildingsNeat barrel railwaySampling the comfy furnitureCollectors Bottle
Woodford Reserve - Best Whiskey Brands - Kentucky Bourbon
Woodford Reserve - Best Whiskey Brands - Kentucky Bourbon | Source
Kentucky Landscape
Kentucky Landscape | Source
On the tour
On the tour | Source
On the road to whiskey
On the road to whiskey | Source
Barrels - The Angels are getting their share
Barrels - The Angels are getting their share | Source
Old limestone buildings
Old limestone buildings | Source
Neat barrel railway
Neat barrel railway | Source
Sampling the comfy furniture
Sampling the comfy furniture | Source
Collectors Bottle
Collectors Bottle | Source
Collectors Bottle - Best Whiskey Brands
Collectors Bottle - Best Whiskey Brands | Source

The Bourbon

Tasting Notes:

  1. Color: Amber
  2. Nose: Strong, vanilla, oak
  3. Taste: Essence of tobacco, leather, fruits and Toffee
  4. Finish: Smooth and spicy

We purchased a special Kentucky Derby Edition of the bottle. It makes a great gift or collectors item.

The Tour

The distillery offers a variety of tours starting as low as $7 for a guided tour which asts about an hour. It includes a introductory video follwed by a walk through teh site to explore the facilities and an explanation of the entire process. The tour also includes a sample of the bourbon and a bourbon based chocolate treat.

Overall it was a very thorough and interesting tour though apparently there are more detailed tours available if booked in advance.

They included interesting facts such as the definition of Angels Share being the percentage of alcohol that evaporated during fermentation.

Woodford Reserve - Best Whiskey Brands - Kentucky Bourbon
Woodford Reserve - Best Whiskey Brands - Kentucky Bourbon | Source

Best Whiskey Mixed Drinks

Whether you are a fan of straight whiskey or not, why not try some amazing mixed bourbon drinks.

The classic drinks are:

  • Bourbon Sour
  • Old Fashioned
  • Mint Julep

While there are many excellent Whiskeys in Kentucky, having sampled many of them, we consider Woodford Reserve to the best brand. I hope you enjoyed this post on Kentucky Bourbon and Best Whiskey Brands.

Other whiskey brands:

  • Russell's Reserve Rye (6 Year Old Small Batch Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey)
  • Makers Mark
  • Bullet Bourbon
  • Wild Turkey
  • Jim Beam

Best Whiskey Brands Comments - Let Me Know Your Favorite Whiskey!

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      Danny 2 years ago

      At one point in time, Rowan's Creek was a 12 year old bourbon. However, the crunert product, at least going back 1-2 years, has no age statement. IMHO, it is probably a 4 year old bourbon now and not worth the price.

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      Spitfire07 5 years ago from Calgary

      Thanks Duchessofilac1,

      You are correct, I only listed bourbons for this post. Eventually I hope to continue my adventures and visit some Rye distilleries and Scotch distilleries at which point I will write about Best Whiskey Brands - Rye / Scotch.

      Jack Daniels is a favourite as well and they have premium versions within the brand but it is a Tennessee whiskey and not a bourbon. I hope you enjoyed Best Whiskey Brands - Kentucky Bourbon.

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      Rebecka Vigus 5 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      And you missed Southern Comfort, Canadian Mist, Segrams, and Jack Daniels although none of them are bourbon. They are just whiskeys.

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      Spitfire07 5 years ago from Calgary

      Hi AmyEliza,

      I'm glad you enjoyed Best Whiskey Brands. I will send you a Whiskey Sour in the mail.

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      AmyEliza 5 years ago from Toronto

      I'll have one whiskey sour, please.