As the Fourth of July approaches, the anticipation of fireworks, barbecues, and patriotic celebrations fills the air. What better way to toast to America's independence than with a glass of bourbon, the quintessential American spirit? Whether you're a bourbon aficionado or a casual sipper, this guide will help you find the perfect bottle to elevate your festivities.

1. Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace is a staple in the bourbon world, known for its rich and complex flavour profile. With notes of caramel, vanilla, and a hint of spice, it’s versatile enough to enjoy neat, on the rocks, or in a classic Old Fashioned. Its balanced taste makes it a great choice for both newcomers and seasoned bourbon drinkers.

€46.00 | 46% 

2. Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve is renowned for its smooth, full-bodied flavor, featuring a delightful combination of dried fruit, vanilla, and toasted oak. Its sophisticated profile makes it an excellent option for sipping neat or in a bourbon-forward cocktail like the Manhattan. Woodford Reserve also offers a variety of limited-edition releases, perfect for those looking to try something unique.

€55.00 | 45.2%

3. Shenk's Homestead Sour Mash 2023

From Michter's Distillery comes this limited annual release made to honour John Shenk who had a distillery in Pennsylvania in 1753. Offers a quality depth of flavour with notes of caramel, honey and oak spice. This is the 2023 limited release.

€149.00 | ABV 45.6%

4. Bowsaw Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

A fantastic small batch bourbon from Kentucky! It consists of a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% Rye and 4% malted barley. Expect notes of vanilla fused with rich caramel. Bottled at 40%, it's rich and silky smooth. Best served over ice or with a splash of cola and lime.

€50.00 | 40% ABV 

5. Eagle Rare

Eagle Rare, a ten-year-old bourbon, offers a complex, yet smooth experience with flavours of toffee, honey, leather, and a hint of orange zest. Its lengthy aging process results in a rich and robust profile, making it a fantastic choice for sipping slowly as you watch the fireworks light up the sky.

€53.00 | 43% 

6. Bomberger's Declaration 2023

Bomberger's Declaration is an annual limited release small batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon, created to commemorate Abraham Bomberger and his famous Bomberger distillery. Hand-picked casks of Kentucky Straight Bourbon were blended with stock of Kentucky Straight Bourbon that had been aged in Chinquapin Oak casks. Flavours of dark brown sugar, toasted oak and earthy, smoky spices.

€160.00 | 54% ABV 

7. Wild Turkey 101

For those who enjoy a bit more proof, Wild Turkey 101 offers a higher alcohol content without sacrificing flavor. With its bold, spicy, and sweet profile, featuring notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak, Wild Turkey 101 stands up well in robust cocktails. Try it in a Boulevardier or enjoy it on its own for a warming finish.

€49.00 | 50.5% 

8. Elijah Craig Small Batch

Elijah Craig Small Batch is known for its smooth, rich flavour with notes of toffee, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Its well-rounded profile makes it a versatile choice for any bourbon drinker. Whether you prefer it neat, on the rocks, or in a classic cocktail, Elijah Craig delivers a consistently satisfying experience.

€58.50 | 47% ABV 

9. Knob Creek Straight Rye

A great sipping rye whiskey which also works well with ice or in a Manhattan! This small batch expression has been aged in heavily charred barrels and bottled at 50% ABV for maximum flavour.

€62.50 | 40% 

10. Heaven's Door Tennessee Bourbon

Heaven's Door is an award-winning collection of handcrafted American whiskeys co-created with iconic musician and artist, Bob Dylan. A unique mash bill from Tennessee, this bourbon utilizes 30% "small grains" to complement the character imparted by American oak barrels. The result is smooth and lasting with notes of vanilla and baked bread layered over a bed of toasted oak.

€82.00 | 42% 

Pairing Bourbon with Your Fourth of July Feast
To make the most of your bourbon experience, consider pairing your drink with your Fourth of July menu. Here are a few suggestions:

Buffalo Trace pairs well with barbecued chicken and pork.
Woodford Reserve complements grilled steaks and burgers.
Wild Turkey goes great with spicy ribs and wings.
Eagle Rare is a fantastic match for smoked meats and charcuterie.

This Fourth of July, raise a glass of bourbon to celebrate our friends across the pond and the joys of summer. Cheers to a happy and safe Independence Day!

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