As a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, I often take for granted the vast selection of bourbons available at any time. I live in a bourbon wonderland where even a dive bar may stock 50 different bottles! We’re not the biggest market (by a long shot) for many products, but we’re treated to limited releases, special bottles reserved by distilleries for their gift shops, and one-of-a-kind barrel selections you can only find at specific shops and bars.
As the rest of the country has caught onto our bourbon obsession, our stock has been shared more widely, leaving less for us. (We’re still smarting about overnight queues for Pappy or when Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon hits each fall.) Still, there are at least a handful of only-in-Kentucky bottles.
If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir to bring home from Louisville, here are my top five picks, in order from least expensive to blow-your-budget.