I believe the great orator Homer Simpson summed up this portion of winter best when he said, “Lousy Smarch weather.” March marks the beginning of the end of this abysmal winter. But even though spring will be here in a matter of weeks, we still have a long, chilly, way to go before we can hand in our winter hats, parkas, and boots in favor of boardies, tank tops, and flip-flops. Fear not, bourbon is here to help you forget that spring is still a few weeks away. And you don’t even need to spend your whole paycheck to buy a bottle of great juice. You can afford a nice sipper without much worry if you know where to look.
We asked some of our favorite bartenders to tell us their go-to bang-for-your-buck bourbons for winter 2019 consumption.
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Nick Canteenwalla, restaurant Manager at Honey Salt at Parq in Vancouver
“Bulleit Bourbon ($28) is definitely a personal favorite of mine. Priced at around $35 Canadian, you get exceptional value for your dollar. I like how it has a higher rye content than a lot of other bourbons, giving you a nice spicy bold flavor profile.”
Stephen “Scuba” Underhill, bar manager at Tipsy Alchemist in Dallas
“What’s my go-to budget bourbon for winter sipping? Mellow Corn (and Heaven Hill). It doesn’t get much simpler and cheaper than that.”
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Felipe Ojeda, beverage director at The ScapeGoat in Miami
“In my opinion, one of the best sipping whiskies is Evan Williams Single Barrel bourbon. You can get this bourbon for about $25, which is pretty affordable. It’s both nutty and smooth, and at 43.3% ABV it’s not too alcoholic but still has a kick. It’s a single barrel expression so it has a lot of character worth enjoying with a good cigar.”