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MAXIM: 7 Bourbons to bet on at the Kentucky Derby

“The most exciting two minutes in sports” is the part of the Kentucky Derby when you pour a glass of bourbon and savor that first glorious gulp. Here, seven thoroughbreds you can put your money on.

45.2% ABV, $35

Charles Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery closed its doors during Prohibition, but a century later his great-great-great-grandsons reopened shop and, following Peepaw’s traditions of using 30 percent rye, resurrected his sweet, bold bourbon from the dead. It’s zombie whiskey!

Tester’s take: “Strong in a good way. The maple syrup notes remind me of breakfast.”