We pitted two bottled in bond bourbons against each other. Bottled in bond bourbons have an interesting history involving the government and the labels on the bottle. Bottled in bond bourbons are also not quite into the Maker’s Mark-and-higher tier of bourbons in price, but they can be very complex and pack a decent punch if you’re concerned about proof.
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond, 100 proof, the more you drink-the better it gets
Color: Gold, Similar to Old Forester Signature 100 Proof
Nose: Wood, Corn, Popcorn, Sweetness, Vanilla
Taste: Peat, Moss, Corn
Finish: Short, Wood, Char, Lemon Zest, Heat
An interesting Bottled in Bond offering. A good bourbon for people who normally drink scotch or corn-forward whiskies. A good bourbon for mixed drinks. A very sweet bourbon for those who prefer sweeter whiskies. It gets better (read: sweeter) as you continue to drink it.
$15 in Louisville, Kentucky
Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 6 Year, 100 proof, the best bang for your buck
Color: Slightly Darker than Gold, Amber
Nose: Vanilla, Caramel, Candy Corn, Goetze’s Bullseyes, Orange, Spicy
Taste: Rye Spice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Rye Spice, Vanilla, Caramel
Finish: Sawdust, Wood, Hay, Farmhouse
For the price, you get a lot of complexity and proof. A sweet, sugary nose that carries through the flavor as it increases complexity. This would make a great bourbon to have on hand for mixed drinks, sipping, or if you are just looking to have some bourbon in your home bar. This bourbon is very pleasantly surprising at its price-point. Available in and around Kentucky, so the only issue may be accessibility. If you know someone in or traveling through Kentucky, have them pick up a bottle for you on their journey. This is a great bourbon to pick up for the taste, the price, and the spark of conversation (or debate depending on who you ask) about bottled in bond bourbons.
$11.65 in Louisville, Kentucky