Delicious Bourbons That Aren't From Kentucky

When you think of bourbon, you probably think of Kentucky, but there are amazing distilleries elsewhere in the country making great bourbon too!
Sep 28, 2016
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    10 David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon
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    Rich
    The David Nicholson brand traces its roots to St. Louis store owner David Nicholson, who sold his "43" recipe in 1843. This Reserve label is a new introduction with a high-rye mashbill, bottled at 100-proof.
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    9 Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey (2015 Release)
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    Rich & Vanilla
    Based in Hye, Texas, Garrison Brothers is all about repping the Lone Star State. They utilize Texas-grown "#1 Panhandle White" corn for their bourbon, while incorporating soft red winter wheat and barley into the mash bill. Each bottle is meticulously labeled to showcase as much detail as possible. Here, Dallam County Farms provided the corn from a 2011 harvest, leading to a 2012 distillation period and three year aging process in the hot Texas sun.
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    8 Abraham Bowman Coffee Finished Bourbon
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    This limited edition A. Smith Bowman release was made from 7 to 8 year old bourbon which underwent a unique finishing process. The bourbon was finished for six months inside of barrels which housed coffee beans for between two and five weeks. It's uncut and unfiltered, and bottled at cask strength, 67.3% ABV (134.6 proof). Only one barrel was produced. Limited release.
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    7 Bardstown Bourbon Company Phifer Pavitt Reserve Bourbon
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    Rich & Full Bodied
    This Phifer Pavitt Reserve Bourbon is the first release for Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) under the brand's Collaborative Series. They partnered with Napa Valley's Phifer Pavitt Winery who supplied the cabernet sauvignon wine barrels for the bourbon to finish its aging in. BBCo took 9 year-old Tennessee straight bourbon and aged the whiskey in these French oak wine barrels for 19 months further. This limited edition release is available spring 2019.
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    6 Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon Barrel Proof (2018 Release)
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    Full Bodied & Vanilla
    The highly anticipated 2018 edition of Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon is comprised of 182 barrels. Dubbed "piggy bank barrels" by master distiller Dennis Todd for their choice characteristics, they were matured for approximately five years and then dumped at the end of 2017 to rest and marry together. The result is an approximately 134-proof cask strength release with a total batch size of 4,725 bottles.
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    5 Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask
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    Sweet & Rich
    Double Cask was released in January 2017 from Wyoming Whiskey. They take their five year old bourbon, and finish a batch of it in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The bourbon itself has a mashbill of 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12% malted barley, and the expression is bottled at 50% ABV. Seven states will receive a shipment of Double Cask, with a total release of 110 cases.
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    4 Abraham Bowman Sweet XVI Bourbon
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    Full Bodied & Vanilla
    Abraham Bowman represents the experimental line released by the A. Smith Bowman Distillery and this bottling marks the 17th release in the line. Sweet XVI Bourbon is made from a selection of bourbons all aged for 16 years in new, charred American oak. The distillery experimented with different barrel entry proofs and for this bourbon they included 125, 114, 105, and 90 proof. The bottle includes the distillation date (April 16, 2002) and bottling date (April 26, 2018) along with the batch number and bottle number. Availability is limited with Virginia getting the bulk of it, but it will expand to a few other states in summer 2018.
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    3 Abraham Bowman Sequential Series 2nd Use Barrels
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    Rich & Sweet
    This extremely limited bourbon release was aged for 9 years in new, charred white oak barrels. It was then transferred into barrels which held bourbon, but the batch was split into two; half was barreled at 125 proof while the other half was barreled at 115 proof. The bourbon finished in these barrels for an additional 3 years and 5 months before its final proof reduced to 100 at time of bottling. The whiskey will be sold primarily in Virginia with limited release thereafter. Sold in 375ml sized bottles.
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    2 Booker's Bourbon Batch 2016-05 "Off Your Rocker"
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    Vanilla & Rich
    The fifth 2016 release from Booker's Bourbon is dubbed Off Your Rocker. It's a title in homage both of Booker Noe's penchant for lounging in the rocking chair, but also his big personality. Off Your Rocker is aged for exactly six years, seven months, and 23 days, and the uncut cask-strength bourbon is bottled at 129.7 proof.
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    1 Wyoming Whiskey Barrel Strength Bourbon (Barrel #3242)
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    Vanilla & Full Bodied
    The latest single barrel, barrel strength offering from Wyoming Whiskey, barrel #3242, offers a peak into the deepest recesses of their warehouse, where the finest casks are kept. The cask was selected by distiller Sam Mead, with the support of blender and consultant Nancy Fraley. Bottled at 124.7 proof, only 55 bottles will be available for purchase in select markets in December 2018.