Editor's Picks, pictured from left to right:
1. Pappy Van Winkle 20 yr. Big-bodied and chewy, with notes of sherry, citrus, and creamy vanilla. It’s as smooth as a Kentucky drawl. About $100.
2. Elmer T. Lee Butterscotch, vanilla, leather, and a dash of spice―it’s like recalling stories of your grandfather while sitting in his favorite chair. About $25.
3. Bulleit Hints of vanilla and honey, with a long smoky finish thanks to a heavy dose of rye. A great cocktail bourbon that pairs well with tonic and a slice of lemon or (my favorite) infused with Allan Benton’s bacon. About $25.