The Allure of Smoked Bourbon: Elevating Your Whiskey Experience

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The Allure of Smoked Bourbon: Elevating Your Whiskey Experience

Bourbon is a classic American spirit, beloved for its rich, smooth flavor and deep amber hue. But if you're a bourbon enthusiast looking to take your tasting experience to the next level, it’s time to explore the world of smoked bourbon. This unique approach to bourbon enhances its complexity and depth, creating a sensory experience that is truly unforgettable.

What is Smoked Bourbon?

Smoked bourbon involves infusing the spirit with the essence of smoke, adding layers of flavor that complement and enhance its natural characteristics. The process can be done in various ways, from using smoked wood chips and specialized cocktail smokers like our Savor the Smoke Cocktail Smokers to incorporating smoked ingredients in the distillation process.

The Science Behind the Smoke

The key to smoked bourbon lies in the aromatic compounds released during the smoking process. When wood burns, it produces smoke that contains phenols, guaiacol, and syringol, which are responsible for the smoky flavors and aromas. When these compounds are infused into bourbon, they interact with the spirit's existing notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

How to Smoke Bourbon at Home

Creating smoked bourbon at home is easier than you might think. Here’s a simple method to get you started:

1. Gather Your Tools:

  • A Savor the Smoke Cocktail Smoker
  • Wood chips or Traeger pellets (oak, cherry, and hickory work well)
  • Kitchen or cigar torch
  • Your favorite bourbon

2. Prepare the Smoker:

  • Prepare the smoker with wood chips or pellets.
  • Ignite the wood chips or pellets on the smoker
  • Invert glass over the lit wood chips or pellets and let smoke waft inside the glass 

3. Smoke the Bourbon:

  • Pour your bourbon into your smoked glass
  • Add ice (optional)
  • Swirl the glass to let the bourbon pick up the smoke from the glass

4. Enjoy:

  • Enjoy the smoky taste and aroma.

Pairing Smoked Bourbon

Smoked bourbon pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods and flavors. Here are a few suggestions to enhance your tasting experience:

1. Savory Pairings:

  • Smoked meats like brisket, ribs, or bacon
  • Aged cheeses with robust flavors, such as smoked gouda or sharp cheddar

2. Sweet Pairings:

  • Dark chocolate or chocolate desserts
  • Caramel or toffee-based treats

3. Cocktails:

  • Smoked Old Fashioned: Enhance the classic cocktail by smoking the glass before mixing.
  • Smoked Manhattan: Add a smoky twist to this timeless favorite.


Smoked bourbon offers a new dimension to the already rich and complex world of bourbon. Whether you’re a seasoned bourbon aficionado or a curious newcomer, the process of smoking bourbon at home is a fun and rewarding way to elevate your drinking experience. With the right tools and a little experimentation, you can discover the perfect balance of smoke and spirit that suits your palate. Cheers to new adventures in bourbon tasting!

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