You may know it as barrel-proof or cask-strength. No matter what it is called, it is taking over the bourbon world. Distillers have been making cask-strength bourbon for decades but tampering it with water to make it more palatable.

Is barrel-proof more original? Yes and No. Yes, in the matter, it is what the master distiller believes is the perfect barrel, i.e., age, proof, and taste. No, because a bit of water may enhance the flavors of the whiskey. Either way, it is a tasty new spin on an established spirit.

Make no mistake, cask-strengths are hotter than most, but like the 1959 film starring a beautiful Marilyn Monroe, “Some Like it Hot.”

Here are the best for 2023

  • Still Austin Cask Strenght
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
  • Angel’s Envy Cask Strenght
  • Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel
  • E.H Taylor Barrel Proof

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