Recognizing the urgency of the moment, bourbon distillers successfully overhauled themselves as a significant option for connoisseurs. Instead of the inexpensive mass-market bourbons that for so long had been the industry’s focus, a new array of small-batch, single-barrel and special-selection bourbons emphasized the complexity and elegance prized by whiskey experts.
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Hudson Four Grain Bourbon, 92 proof, 375 ml.
Complex, spicy, savory and sweet, with rich, lingering flavors of ginger, caramel and honey.