Intriguing bourbons are meant to be sipped and savored

Penelope Bourbon Rosé Cask Finish Bourbon , photo provided by Penelope Bourbon,
Penelope Bourbon Rosé Cask Finish Bourbon , photo provided by Penelope Bourbon, /

Step away from the traditional and explore these intriguing bourbons.

Many words can be used to describe bourbon but these intriguing bourbons seem to invite an evening of flavor exploration. Whether sitting by the fire or under the stars, a glass, a bottle and a bourbon might be ultimate perfection.

Over the past several years, bourbon and whiskeys have seen a surge in popularity. No longer was that caramel-colored liquor sipped in dark rooms by older gentlemen. Today, bourbon is front and center on the shelf. From a well-known classic to the rare bottle, bourbon has become many people’s preferred libation.

Although many people have their standard, go to bourbon, these intriguing bourbons could make you rediscover why you fell in love with America’s spirit. It is more than just the base for a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned. That robust liquor can reveal a plethora of flavors.

Here are some intriguing bourbons that deserve a second sip.

Penelope Bourbon

Since this bourbon is finished in rose casks, the Penelope Bourbon has a lovely vibrant hue. Best served chilled, this bourbon is an easy sipper. Enjoyed neat, the bourbon has many pairing possibilities.

From a simple cheese plate to even a decadent chocolate dessert, the Penelope Bourbon could be a nice switch from that bottle of wine. Why not open a bottle and discover this intriguing flavor experience.

Longbranch Bourbon

While Matthew McConaughey might enjoy a glass of his Longbranch bourbon under the stars, this bourbon from Wild Turkey is the liquor that can connect many people. From the nuanced flavors to the hint of mesquite, this bourbon could become your new signature sipper.

If you are looking to discover the subtle flavor layers in the Longbranch Bourbon, consider enjoying a Texas Mesquite Old Fashioned. Here is how to make one.

Texas Mesquite Old Fashioned


Mesquite Salt Solution

  • 4 parts warm water to 1 part Mesquite Salt
  • Stir together until dissolved in dropper bottle

Honey Syrup

  • 1 part honey to 1 part warm water.
  • Stir together until mixture is fluid proportion out into small jars and label.


  • Build in Rocks Glass
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 8 drops Mesquite smoked salt solution
  • 1 tsp honey syrup
  • 2 oz Longbranch
  • Add ice cube, stir and garnish with lemon peel

Douglas & Todd Bourbon Cream Liqueur

Sometimes an after-dinner drink is the perfect end to a fabulous meal. The Douglas & Todd Bourbon Cream brings a taste of the Midwest to the cocktail glass.

Douglas & Todd Bourbon is a small batch distillery that gets its special flavor from the elements, in particular, the cold Minnesota winters. The cold from the area elevates the flavors in its bourbon.

While the Douglas & Todd Bourbon brings it own ice, the Douglas & Todd Bourbon Cream Liqueur blends the bourbon with cream from Midwestern farms. While a touch sweet, the liqueur is delightful served over ice, but it can bring new experiences to classic winter beverages.

From a coffee to even a hot cocoa, a touch of vanilla bean flavor is makes it the perfect addition. And, a variety of other dessert cocktails would be equally as delicious.

1792 Small Batch Bourbon

Sometimes the dichotomy in a bourbon is the reason to come back to the bottle time and again. The 1792 Small Batch Bourbon has that contrast. While it can be bold, it is also balanced. This high rye recipe is made with expert craftsmanship.

The 1792 Bourbon has a touch of spice yet the sweet caramel leads to a lovely finish. With a few notes of vanilla, each sip brings you back for another. Before you realize, the glass is empty.

These intriguing bourbons are just a small sample of the bourbons that caught FoodSided’s attention this year. Since the bar is always well stocked, there is always another drink to discover.

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What is your favorite bourbon? Do you know of a great bourbon that we need to try?