The Kentucky Derby is so close, we can practically hear the horses thundering down the track and taste a Mint Julep. But even if you don’t pick the race’s winner, you’re still in luck this weekend: There are a number of recently released bourbons and ryes that you need to try.
John B. Stetson Bourbon ($28):
While Stetson has famously been producing hats for nearly 150 years, the company just came out with its inaugural whiskey. The smooth spirit, which is a respectable 84-proof, is made in Kentucky and works very well in refreshing cocktails.
Knob Creek Rye Whiskey ($40):
The Knob Creek brand continues to grow, and it now includes this small-batch, 100-proof rye. (It makes a spicy Mint Julep, if you dare.) It’s currently available only in select markets but should be in stores across the country by July.
This is the first new bourbon that Woodford Reserve has added to its permanent portfolio since launching in 1996. Master distiller Chris Morris ages the liquor in two types of barrels, which have been toasted and charred to his specifications.