The Most Wished For Whiskeys Last Week

These whiskeys were wished for the most last week by the Distiller community.
Aug 31, 2020
  • 10
    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. Batch 1 has a proof of 134.4
  • 9
    96
    Peaty & Smoky
    There was a time when up to seven registered (and several illicit) distilleries existed on the Isle of Skye -- now only Talisker remains. The peat level is a moderate 16-22 ppm (Phenol Parts per Million) and their 10 year old is aged primarily in ex-bourbon casks which they constructed to a larger hogshead size. Talisker 10 Year is bottled at a very appreciated 45.8% ABV.
  • 8
    83
    Sweet
    The former George T. Stagg distillery was renamed Buffalo Trace when Sazerac took over ownership in 1999. Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee came out of retirement for the creation of the Buffalo Trace Bourbon which was released later that same year. This is the flagship bourbon from the distillery and is comprised of a low-rye traditional mash bill. It is bottled without an age statement at 90 proof.
  • 7
    93
    Vanilla & Sweet
    Wheated bourbon is bourbon with wheat as the predominant grain in the mash bill after corn. Traditionally, rye takes that second billing. Weller 12 Year is often referred to by some as the "poor man's Pappy". With the exception of the 23 Year Pappy Van Winkle which still has some Stitzel-Weller juice in it, all Pappy and Weller bourbons use the Buffalo Trace wheated mash bill. The main difference will be in the barrel management.
  • 6
    92
    Full Bodied & Peaty
    Though not officially (read, legally) established until 1816, there are records that date distillation here going back to 1742. Malted barley produced just a hop, skip, and a jump away at neighboring Port Ellen is utilized. Everything is long at this distillery: fermentation, distillation, and maturation. Good things do indeed come to those that wait. Bottled at 43% ABV after 16 years in oak barrels.
  • 5
    91
    Spicy & Rich
    This single-barrel expression is named in honor of Elmer T. Lee, former Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace Distillery who was their Ambassador for years after his retirement in 1985. Just before his retirement, he introduced the world to single barrel bourbon with the release of Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon named in honor of the gentleman who hired him back in 1949.
  • 4
    92
    Sweet & Rich
    Woodford Reserve is known for aging their bourbon in heavily charred oak barrels, which give the whiskey a distinctive, deep, rich flavor and feel. Double Oaked is the same bourbon, given a second maturation, or finish, in barrels that have been toasted twice as long, but charred much more lightly than the other casks, for an additional 9 months. A package redesign was introduced in late 2016, featuring a shorter and wider bottle. It is still bottled at 45.2% ABV.
  • 3
    91
    Sweet & Full Bodied
    Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon is one of the flagship products of the Buffalo Trace collection of whiskeys. It is made from 10 year old bourbon aged at the Kentucky distillery. The barrels are hand selected for quality and consistency before bottling.
  • 2
    92
    Sweet & Full Bodied
    This Kentucky straight bourbon from Heaven Hill is named after the year Evan Williams first opened his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River. For this brand, small batch means the bourbon is the result of a mingling of 300 barrels or less. The mash bill here is Heaven Hill's traditional mash bill of 78% corn, 12% malted barley, and 10% rye. The age is said to be from 6-8 years. In May 2021 this brand was repackaged and bottled at 90 proof rather than the previous 80 proof.
  • 1
    89
    Vanilla & Full Bodied
    This bourbon was created by Master Distiller Eddie Russell as a celebration of his 40th year in distilling, and as a way to honor his dad Jimmy. The liquid is matured for at least 13 years, bottled at barrel proof and non-chill filtered. It is available as of June, 2021.