Whether you’re hosting or attending a Thanksgiving celebration, your feast isn’t complete without a glass of American whiskey. We got Rachel Cutler, general manager of acclaimed Louisville restaurant Proof on Main (which offers a list of more than 60 bourbons) to pick five great bottlings that should go well with your turkey and trimmings. (They also make great holiday presents.) Cheers!
“This small-batch bourbon is one of the best on the market,” says Cutler, “and is a fantastic value.” Its flavor is a “delicate balance of sweet and spicy, with notes of honey and butterscotch.”
Take a whiff and you get lots of oak and maple, while a sip yields honey and spicy rye. And “the long finish and 101 proof make it ideal for a classic Manhattan,” Cutler says.
Impress your friends and relatives with this relatively rare spirit. “Clove, smoke and dried herbs on the nose,” Cutler says, “with a buttery texture and a slight bite that lasts throughout its long finish.”
Cutler calls this whiskey “smooth and elegant” with an aroma that has hints of caramel and vanilla. “Generous oak rounds out the honey and toasted almond on the palate with a slightly citrus note on the finish.”
“A complex bourbon, with a nose of cream-toffee, vanilla and oak with subtle spices that warm the palate,” Cutler says. She recommends it neat or on the rocks. Perfect for after, say, a large festive meal.