The only two things you really need during hunting season: Bucks and good bourbon.
Outdoorsmen tend to be a pretty particular breed. We are traditional in the way we like to hunt, the stands that we sit in, and the tactics that we use.
The same holds true when it comes to our favorite bourbons. The following list of bourbons for deer season gives you the perfect way to celebrate, from the opener to the last day of the season.
Just be smart, and only toss one back after your day in the treestand or blind is done.
Buffalo Trace is a mid-range priced bourbon, coming in around $20 depending on where you purchase it, which makes this the most cost-efficient bourbon on the list. Don’t let the low price fool you—it’s also one of the best tasting on the list.
It’s a bourbon you can come home and drink, regardless if you filled your tags or not. Buffalo Trace has a very amber taste and a mild smoky undertone which doesn’t overpower, like other lower priced bourbons tend to do. This drink is best enjoyed straight-up or on the rocks.
Knob Creek is best enjoyed with your hunting buddies, as it can often start out as a slow-sipper that leads to finishing off half the bottle before you know it. At around $25 to $30 a bottle, save this bourbon for the night that you fill your buck tag.
A strong mix of cinnamon and vanilla is often associated with this drink. It’s a stronger bourbon, coming in at 100 proof, which is why most bourbon drinkers prefer this on the rocks.
You’ll taste hints of oak, toffee, mocha and pepper in a glass of Woodford. Although it has a lower alcohol content than other bourbons, it still maintains a full-bodied flavor from start to finish. This one is sure to be a hit with everyone in your hunting party, and you can find it for around $30. It’s best served neat.
And trust me, this is one worth searching for.
For being near 100 proof, it drinks like Woodford but packs a punch like Knob Creek. Expect to pay anywhere between $40 and $50 per bottle. Old Scout boasts flavors like vanilla and notes of apple, and is best served neat.
Angel’s Envy Cask Strength
If you’re one of the lucky few who have been able to taste this rare bourbon, consider yourself fortunate. Angel’s Envy should be reserved for when you take down the buck of a lifetime and know that there will never be another one to rival it.
At 123 proof, it’s the strongest on the list. It’s also anywhere from $150 to $180, so it’s more of a bucket list bottle. The opportunity to try this bourbon only comes around once in a lifetime, just like that buck. Drink it straight-up. Bourbon like this should never be tarnished by anything other than possibly a single ice cube.
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As an honorable mention that could easily replace one or two of these bourbons on any given night, consider Bulleit. If you haven’t given this one a try, you will thank me later.
What are your go-to bourbons for hunting season? Sound off in the comments!