6 Tips to Building a Bourbon Collection

6 Tips to Building a Bourbon Collection

Building a bourbon collection can be just as rewarding as building a scotch whisky collection. Here are some tips and guidance for creating a bourbon collection that suits your taste and budget.


  1. Set a budget Just like with scotch whisky, it's important to establish a budget when building a bourbon collection. Bourbon can range from affordable everyday sippers to rare and expensive bottlings, so it's essential to know how much you're willing to spend. Setting a monthly or annual budget for your collection can help you stay on track and avoid overspending.

  2. Consider your taste preferences Bourbon has a wide range of flavour profiles, from sweet and mellow to bold and spicy. Before you start collecting, think about what type of bourbon you enjoy. Do you prefer wheated bourbons, high-rye bourbons, or traditional bourbon mash bills? Are you a fan of barrel proof or lower proof bourbons? Once you know your preferences, you can start building a collection that caters to your taste.

  3. Research different distilleries There are many different distilleries that produce bourbon in the United States, each with their own unique style. Take some time to research different distilleries and their offerings to find bourbons that appeal to you. Many distilleries offer tours and tastings, which can be a great way to sample different bourbons and learn more about the production process.

  4. Look for limited releases and special editions Bourbon collectors often look for limited releases and special editions to add to their collections. These can include limited edition single barrel releases, small batch bottlings, or annual releases from certain distilleries. Be aware that these can be difficult to find and can be pricey, but they can be a great addition to your collection.

  5. Consider storage Proper storage is crucial for any bourbon collection. Bourbon should be kept in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. If you're planning to keep your collection for a long time, consider investing in a wine fridge or temperature-controlled storage unit to ensure that the temperature and humidity are stable.

  6. Join a bourbon community Bourbon enthusiasts are passionate about their favourite spirits, and there are many online communities and forums dedicated to bourbon collecting and tasting. Joining a community can be a great way to connect with other collectors, share tasting notes and recommendations, and learn about new releases.

Building a bourbon collection requires some research, a budget, and an understanding of your own taste preferences. By researching different distilleries, considering limited releases and special editions, and connecting with other collectors, you can build a collection of bourbons that reflects your tastes and brings you enjoyment.

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