Bourbon: The bargain picks
Very Old Barton 90 Proof ($13). In a field of whiskeys aged just two years, the six years in our top pick can “definitely be felt.” It delivers “plenty of peppery rye spice” and “a hint of black cherry.”
Benchmark Old No. 8 ($8.50). Buffalo Trace’s cheapest offering uses the same mash bill as the distillery’s standard bearer, resulting in a rich, sweet, easy-drinking wheated bourbon that tastes of vanilla, cherry, and dark berries.
Evan Williams Bottled in Bond ($14). In this fine four-year whiskey, “toffee sweetness gives way to hot cinnamon candy, toasted oak, and burnt sugar.”