About Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey

About Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon Whisky must contain a minimum of 51% corn, be produced in the United States, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof) and be aged in new charred oak barrels; 'straight' bourbon must be aged for a minimum of two years, although in practice virtually all straight whiskies are aged at least four years. Any bourbon, or any other domestic or imported whiskey, for that matter, that has been aged less than four years must contain an age statement on the label. Small Batch Bourbons are bourbons that bottled from a small group of specially selected barrels that are blended together. It should be noted though that each distiller has their own interpretation of what constitutes a "small batch." Single Barrel Bourbon is bourbon from one specifically chosen cask.

A Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey will undergo additional maturation in one or more barrels, the previous contents of which contribute to the aromas and flavors of the final product. Examples include but are not limited to used Rum, Cognac, Port, Sherry, Madeira, Stout, and maple barrels.


Top Picks for Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Middle West 6 Year Old Sherry Finished Bourbon Whiskey
96 points
$99
A barrel-forward Bourbon that holds its age well and expressed cocoa, caramel, and dried fruits.
Awards: 2022 Best Cask-Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Western Reserve Distillers Oloroso Sherry Cask Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$65
This Bourbon leans in to the spicy and oaky realm but maintains a flavor and aromatic balance with stewed berries and roasted nut qualities.
Doc Swinson’s 5 Year Exploratory Cask LEsprit Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$80
A superb, full-throttle Bourbon that will take you where you want to go with style and trunks full of flavor.
Doc Swinson’s 5 Year Alter Ego Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$75
A nice 'all-purpose' Bourbon with a round and warming personality.
Doc Swinson’s 5 Year Exploratory Cask La Mente Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$80
A big and brooding Bourbon with gravitas and grace; give this some water, time, and space.
Doc Swinson’s 5 Year Exploratory Cask El Cuerpo Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$80
A nicely compacted high-proof Bourbon that bursts with flavor upon the addition of water; a great nightcap.