The Best Bottled-in-Bond Bourbons to Buy in 2019

Bottled-in-bond bourbons—all aged at least 4 years and bottled at 100 proof—make fantastic buys. Most are widely available and affordable, although a few extra-aged BIB bourbons are rare and over $100. Here are a few to add to your must-buy lists for 2019!
Sep 10, 2019
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    Amaranth Bourbon is the 10th release in the Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. collection first launched in early 2011 by Buffalo Trace. This bottled in bond bourbon uses the ancient grain amaranth as the flavoring grain in the mash bill with corn and malted barley completing recipe. Amaranth has a flavor profile close to wheat and was originally cultivated by the Aztecs. Available as a one-time only limited release beginning late July 2019.
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    Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond (Spring 2019) is a series from Heaven Hill Distillery which features a bottled-in-bond, Kentucky straight bourbon under the Old Fitzgerald label, a wheated bourbon brand. The age varies with each edition with this bottling being a 13 year-old bourbon. The third release in the series was comprised of barrels produced in September 2005. Bottled in February 2019 at 100 proof, the requirement for bottled in bond whiskeys. The packaging for this bottle was inspired by an original 1950s Old Fitzgerald diamond decanter with a green label indicated for all spring releases. Availability will be limited.
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    Made to adhere to the standards of the Bottled in Bond act of 1887, Law's Four Grain Straight Bourbon Bonded must be aged for a minimum of 4 years, made in a single distilling season, using the grains of a single season, made by one distiller at one distillery and aged in a federal government-bonded distillery.
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    "Bottled in Bond" used to be a code for "the good stuff." Bonded whiskey is subject to regulation and production rules above and beyond those that normally govern the production of whiskey. Aged at least four years, with a higher proof, and in strictly controlled warehouses, this bottle is a return to a classic expression of whiskey.
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    Old Fourth Distillery is located in Atlanta, Georgia and it is where this Bottled-in Bond Straight Bourbon matured. However, the brand sourced the spirit from Indiana's own MGP and then racked the product in January 2015 in Georgia. This is the brand's first bourbon, bottled-in-bond and is made up of just 75 barrels for the 2019 release.
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    Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 7 Year Bourbon is produced from the brand's traditional mash bill. Heaven Hill's bottled in bond brand dates back to 1939. This Kentucky straight bourbon is aged for 7 years when only 4 years is required for this bottled-in-bond category. Available in select markets beginning October 2019.
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    This release marks the first batch of distillery-made bourbon from New Riff Distilling. Opened in 2014, the distillery patiently waited for this spirit to reach four years of age. This non chill-filtered, bottled-in-bond release is made from a mash bill of three non-GMO grains including 65% corn, 30% rye and 5% malted barley. Available at the distillery starting August 1, 2018, with wide distribution in Kentucky, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Indiana coming Sept 2018.
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    Remus Volstead Reserve is a straight bottled-in-bond bourbon distilled at the famed MGP Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Distilled in the fall season of 2005 (July-December), the bourbon matured for 14 years at the distillery's own brick warehouses. Remus Volstead Reserve is named for the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act, a law enacted in 1919 to enforce the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which outlawed the production and distribution of alcohol. Only 6000 bottles available beginning November 2019.
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    In the second of the Old Forester Whiskey Row series, Brown-Forman has released a bourbon to commemorate the year the Bottled in Bond Act was enacted. The Act was created to literally "seal in the quality" of whiskey, which according to law must be from one distillery, from one season, made by one distiller and aged at a federally bonded warehouse for a minimum of 4 years at 100 proof.
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    Made by Heaven Hill Distillery, this Henry McKenna bottling is a Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Aged 10 years, this release is also a single barrel release with each bottle bearing both the bottling date and the barrel number. Single barrel whiskeys are unique bottlings so your mileage may vary, but you'll generally be sipping a rye-drinker's bourbon. Big, bold, spicy and a great choice for an Old Fashioned--go easy on the sugar, amp up the bitters a bit and garnish with a single orange peel.
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    Old Grand-Dad is based on the high-rye bourbon recipe made famous by Basil Hayden -- it's his picture on the bottle. This is the Bottled-In-Bond version of Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, meaning it was all distilled in the same calendar year. Additionally, it was aged at least 4 years under government supervision, and it is bottled at 50% ABV. Along with Old Overholt Rye, Old Grand-Dad falls under "The Olds" whiskeys released by Jim Beam. 
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    Available beginning December 2017, this Kentucky straight bourbon from Barton 1792 follows the Bottled in Bond requirements. Among these are: distilled in one season from one distiller, aged at least four years, and bottled at 100 proof.