Spirits: Everyday bourbons
A good bourbon shouldn’t be the equivalent of special-occasion china, said Jed Portman in Garden & Gun. We asked spirits expert Stacie Stewart to name her favorite bourbons priced under $50. She recommended these:
Very Old Barton 90 Proof ($17). This “dangerously” drinkable whiskey is “very well balanced,” with “a caramel roundness” offsetting the hint of burn.
Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Small Batch ($29). The high rye content delivers spice up front, coupled with “a warm, chocolate roundness” and smoky finish.
Henry McKenna Single Barrel ($34). This one “catches you off guard, in a good way,” with “bracing clove-and-mint spice” and a hint of bitter orange.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed ($45). A smooth high-proof whiskey that’s “wheaty and bready like Champagne,” with a round “butterscotchy” center. ■