Hudson Baby Bourbon
Hudson Baby Bourbon made its way onto the whiskey market in 2006. It is made in New York, and is the first New-York produced bourbon-whiskey since Prohibition. Reducing its carbon footprint, Hudson Baby uses locally sourced corn out of the Hudson Valley.
It is aged in charred new American oak barrels, which leaves it with a rich, smoky wood flavor that joins hints of vanilla toffee, honey, raisin, pepper, and mint. At $50 a bottle, Hudson Baby Bourbon is great for beginning bourbonites, and it goes down easy.
Jefferson’s Twin Oak Custom Barrel
Jefferson’s Reserve released their Twin Oak Custom Barrel in 2018 at $80, and many call it their best bourbon to date. While all of their blends are small-batch, this one is special because of its unique production. Jefferson’s spent six years working with Independent Stave Company developing a proprietary flash-charred and grooved barrel so that the whiskey would be more exposed to the oak, creating a richer flavor.
The end result is flavors of mocha as well as hints of spice, cedar, and tart lemon to go along with the oak.