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Holiday Gift Guide: Bourbon

While there’s a lot to be thankful for on Thursday, we’re particularly grateful for America’s thriving whiskey distilleries. And what could be more appropriate than enjoying some of our country’s native spirit, bourbon, on Thanksgiving? A bottle of it is also the perfect gift for a dinner host, of course, and a much-appreciated holiday present. Here are four of our favorite new spirits that would be welcome at any celebration.

Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old ($75):

Bottles of Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection disappear faster than stuffing and pumpkin pie. We crunched the numbers, and your best chance of scoring anything from the series is to hunt for the recently released Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old. The distillery bottled 74 barrels of the complex whiskey, which tastes of both vanilla and leather. It will no doubt sell out shortly.


Maker’s 46 ($35):

After basically producing just one thing for more than 50 years, Maker’s Mark finally released a new product this past summer: Maker’s 46. The bourbon is full of spice and wood with a very long finish. For a big whiskey fan, buy a bottle of both the original Maker’s and the new 46.

Parker’s Heritage Collection Wheated Bourbon ($80):

To honor Heaven Hill’s long-serving distiller Parker Beam, the company created the small-batch Parker’s Heritage Collection four years ago. This season’s bourbon (pictured above) was distilled from a mix of winter wheat and corn, instead of the more common (and spicier) combo of corn and rye. The resulting spirit is very smooth with a hint of sweetness.

Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Maple Wood Finish ($90):

For each of the last five years, Woodford Reserve’s master distiller Chris Morris has released a limited-edition experimental bourbon. His latest offering was finished in barrels made from sugar maple—a first for the industry—and is rich with notes of spice, coffee and even a little sweet maple syrup.

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