Community Favorite: High Proof Whiskeys

These whiskeys are high proof and huge favorites of the Distiller users. They won't cost you an arm and a leg, either. Pick one up next time you're at the store!
Feb 08, 2017
  • 10
    4.13 out of 5 stars
    Fruity & Rich
    First introduced in August 2013, Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon is uncut (no water added) and unfiltered like its bourbon "father" George T. Stagg. Distilled at Buffalo Trace, each batch will vary in both proof and age, but expect the bourbon to be around 8-9 years old with proofs ranging in the 130+ area. Stagg Jr. will be considerably more affordable and easier to find than its predecessor. Batch 1 has a proof of 134.4
  • 9
    2.59 out of 5 stars
    White Dog is what whiskey is before it's put in the barrel to age. It's 100% grain forward and is alcohol in its purest form before the barrel starts to work its magic. The white dog that is used to make Buffalo Trace is a corn-heavy mash bill with malty notes and one of the few white dogs on the market that is not watered down to 80-90 proof before bottling.
  • 8
    4.2 out of 5 stars
    Fruity & Rich
    Aberlour Distillery was founded in 1879 by James Flemming and this sherry matured single malt is made in homage to him. The name A’Bunadh [a-BOON-arh] means “original” in Gaelic and the single malt was designed as a replica to a whisky produced at this distillery in the late 1800s. A’Bunadh is matured exclusively in Spanish oloroso sherry casks and it’s bottled at cask strength.
  • 7
    3.57 out of 5 stars
    The "Old Grand-Dad" this Kentucky straight bourbon is named for is none other than Basil Hayden. Created by Basil's grandson, Colonel R.B. Hayden, this bourbon utilizes a high-rye mash bill. Sold in a variety of proofs, this is the 114 proof. Old Grand-Dad is part of "The Olds" in the Jim Beam portfolio which includes Old Overholt ryes.
  • 6
    3.81 out of 5 stars
    Fruity & Rich
    In 1968, Glenfarclas was the first to release a cask strength single malt whisky. This bottling was re-named to 105, the British alcohol proof equivalent for 60% alcohol by volume. We all refer to this now as "120 proof" ,which is simply double the abv, as opposed to "105 degrees proof" or 7/4th times the alcohol by volume. It's also much simpler than lighting gunpowder in the whisky to establish proof.
  • 5
    4.29 out of 5 stars
    Peaty & Full Bodied
    Cauldron of the speckled sea (aka Corryvreckan) is a whirlpool, the 2nd largest in the world, located between the Isles of Islay and Jura. It is also the name of this whisky. Here are some more facts for you, kid. It is, at its base, Ardbeg 10 with whisky added that spent its life exclusively in French Limousin Virgin Casks. At least it did until it was married with the 10 year old and into your bottle.
  • 4
    3.88 out of 5 stars
    Full Bodied & Spicy
    Part of Jim Beam's "Small Batch Collection", this cask strength, non chill filtered bourbon was first given out as gifts by Booker Noe before being made available to the public in 1992. Aged between 6-8 years and bottled anywhere from 120-130 proof it's a bourbon with a bite and should be bloomed with some water.
  • 3
    3.99 out of 5 stars
    Rich & Spicy
    Noah's Mill is one of the brands under the Willett Distillery portfolio (formerly Kentucky Bourbon Distillers). It's a small batch, Kentucky straight bourbon bottled at 114.3 proof. Note: Want something similar with a bit lower proof? Try Rowan's Creek.
  • 2
    4.29 out of 5 stars
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Released for the first time in the March 2013, each batch is a an uncut, unfiltered selection of Elijah Craig 12 Year. Each batch will vary both in flavor and in proof as is the nature of such releases. The "code" for the batches is as follows: The first letter of each batch indicates the order of the release for that year beginning with the letter "A" for the first batch, "B" for the second, and so on. Next is a number which reflects the month of the release, so "1" for January for example. The third and fourth digits reflect the year of the release. This batch number is printed on the front of each bottle along with the proof.
  • 1
    3.89 out of 5 stars
    Spicy & Vanilla
    As the name suggests, each bottle of Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is made from an unblended, hand-selected barrel. The bourbon is aged in a rickhouse in Clermont, Kentucky for at least 9 years. However, unlike the standard small batch version, it is bottled at 120 proof instead of 100 proof. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve may vary from bottle to bottle as is the nature of the category.