Whisky lovers agree that quality matters when sipping a dram neat or on the rocks—but what about when you’re making a cocktail? Should you spend big bucks on a mature or special bottle, or will an inexpensive option serve just as well? Whisky Advocate’s editors decided to answer that question in the most indisputable way: by trying two identical Old Fashioneds—one made with a $15 bourbon and the other with a $150 bourbon—tasted blind.
This virtual tasting features two examples of Maker’s Mark’s iconic house-style of red winter wheat whiskey: the long-standing flagship bourbon and its newest, and more limited, high-proof counterpart. With special guest, Bill Samuels Jr., founding family member of Maker’s Mark.
This virtual tasting features two examples of bottled in bond whiskey—that is, American whiskey from one distillation season and one distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years, then bottled at exactly 100 proof.