Straight From the Barrel: 5 Best Barrel-Proof Whiskeys

I had to sample a lot of barrel-proof whiskey for this piece, but I got the job done. Here’s my list of the top five for Paste Magazine.

CLERMONT, KY - JANUARY 13:  Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon is drained at the Jim Beam Bourbon Distillery on January 13, 2014 in Clermont, Kentucky. Japanese company Suntory Holdings acquired Beam Inc. for $13.6 Billion in a deal announced Monday. Beam is the owner of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon brands and was purchased at $83.50 per share. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)
CLERMONT, KY – JANUARY 13: Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon is drained at the Jim Beam Bourbon Distillery on January 13, 2014 in Clermont, Kentucky. Japanese company Suntory Holdings acquired Beam Inc. for $13.6 Billion in a deal announced Monday. Beam is the owner of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and was purchased at $83.50 per share. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

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