Bourbon is a workhorse. It anchors a catalog of favorite classic cocktails, it plays nicely with a glass full of rocks, but it's also great neat as a slow sipper. This versatility also makes it solid choice year-round, no matter what the temperature is outside. The one problem with bourbon today is choice: there are so many good bottles out there, it can be a tough call deciding what to drink when. To make this decision easier, we put together this guide to some of the best bourbons out now — taking both price and quality into account — and the right occasions to consume them.
For a Special Occasion: Willett Family Estate Bottled Bourbon
There's not a whole lot of Willett Family Estate bourbon out there, making it harder to find, but it's well worth seeking out. Each bottle in this series is drawn from a single cask, making each unique. Ages vary from four to ten years, and flavors are exceptional. [$155; kentuckybourbonwhiskey.com]
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