Our Favorite Cask Strength Bourbons

There's a special place in our hearts for a good cask strength bourbon, and these five are our favorites.
May 18, 2017
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    5 Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon
    90
    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.
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    4 Maker's Mark Cask Strength
    90
    Vanilla & Spicy
    Maker's Mark Cask Strength is a new release that is bottled exclusively in 375ml bottles. This isn’t a single cask bottling, but rather a blend of up to 19 different barrels with varying proofs and ages. This was Batch No. 14-01 which was put into the bottle at 56.6%. It is made from the traditional Maker's Mark corn, red winter wheat and barley mash bill.
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    3 Wild Turkey Rare Breed
    92
    Sweet & Rich
    Rare Breed is a barrel strength blend from Wild Turkey Bourbon, introduced as an up-label release. It incorporates a blend of 6, 8 and 12 year old whiskeys. Master blender Jimmy Russell is famously known for keeping his in the freezer to enjoy as an icy treat.
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    2 Booker's Bourbon Batch 2017-01 "Tommy's Batch"
    94
    Spicy & Rich
    The first batch of the 2017 Booker's Bourbon releases is named for Tommy Crume. Tommy worked alongside Booker Noe at the Jim Beam Distillery and worked his way up to Distillery Manager. After almost 30 years, he retired in 2016. This batch was selected by Fred Noe, Beam's Master Distiller, along with Tommy himself, Booker's Roundtable, and a select group of whiskey experts and writers. The batch comes from two production dates and aged in three different 9-story warehouses. 41% came from the 6th floor of Warehouse E, 13% from the 6th floor of Warehouse H, and 46% came from the 7th floor of Warehouse D.
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    1 Belle Meade Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon 9 Year
    95
    Herbal & Floral
    Aged 9 years, this offering comes in at a hefty 122.4 proof (61.2% abv). Each barrel for this range was hand-selected for its superior flavor profile. As this is a single barrel offering, there will be variations among each individual barrel. This review is specific to barrel number 356, filled on February 28th, 2006.