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Quick. How to Choose the Best Bourbon for Mint Juleps

on 03/05/13 at 11:20 am

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imagesIt’s no secret that we’re sort of obsessed with bourbon here. (After all, bourbon is sexy.) And there’s no better bourbon cocktail than Derby Day’s mint juleps. While we’ve give you all kinds of variations on the mint julep, the real question is: how to pick the best bourbon for your mint julep?

Bourbons are typically wheat-based or rye-based; a rye bourbon (like Wild Turkey) will have a spicy backbone, while a wheated bourbon (like Maker’s Mark) will have a sweet, smooth taste. And some are equal wheat and rye (i.e. Buffalo Trace). So most of the debate about the best bourbons for mint juleps focuses on the rye versus wheat debate. A sweet, smooth mint julep or a spicy mint julep?