7 Best Whiskeys for Bartesian: Curated Selections

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Bartesian cocktail machine takes mixing drinks to a whole new level, offering an array of cocktail options at your fingertips for those who are fans of convenience and flavor precision. 

But whiskey is a crucial element that can make or break your Bartesian cocktails.

We sought the opinions and recommendations of those who have owned the device. Personally, we tried the best whiskey for Bartesian to see if it delivers the finest taste, aroma, and overall cocktail experience.

Here’s what we found out. Keep reading.

Top 7 Whiskeys To Use For Bartesian

1. Bulleit Bourbon

Bottle and a Glass of Bulleit Bourbon on a Wooden Table

Average Price: Roughly $32.99 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 45% ABV

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, oak, spices, citrus

Palate: Smooth, spicy, rye spice, charred oak 

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: Bulleit bourbon creates a harmonious palate profile that captivates the palate as I recreated different whiskey cocktails in my new Bartesian instead of using my trusted cocktail shaker. 

This whiskey shines through, enhancing classic mixed drinks like the Old Fashioned and Whiskey Sour. 

The enticing aroma of caramel, rye, and oak entices the senses, setting the stage for a delightful drink experience. 

“Whiskey, the silent partner in every great Bartesian cocktail, adding depth and character to each sip.” -Liquor Laboratory 

Bulleit is the best bourbon that effortlessly integrates with Bartesian pods, ensuring a consistently smooth and balanced drink. Also, it is an excellent alternative for your best rye whiskey because of its bold flavors.

2. Jameson Irish Whiskey

Bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey

Average Price: Roughly $31.29 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Light floral notes, citrus zest, orchard fruits

Palate: Smooth, malted barley, toasted oak 

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: Jameson Irish whiskey is one of the best whiskeys to try with the fruit juices of Bartesian. The triple-distilled Irish whiskey is smooth and flavorful, which makes it a great base liquor for any mixed drink. 

Unlike rye whiskey, the delicate floral notes and citrus zest of this Irish whiskey bring a refreshing twist to Bartesian Old Fashioned.

This Irish whiskey seamlessly enhances the pods; the rye and malted barley are evident in every sip.

3. Maker’s Mark

Bottle of Maker's Mark Straight Bourbon

Average Price: Roughly $17.97 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 45% ABV

Nose: Wheat, caramel, toasted oak, nutmeg 

Palate: Rich, creamy caramel, cinnamon, wheat, toasted almonds

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: Like the Jameson Irish whiskey, Maker’s Mark brings a distinct character to the Bartesian experience. The wheated bourbon boasts versatility that shines and enhances the classic cocktail Manhattan.

The palate is a revelation, with buttery toffee and a touch of leather, adding depth and complexity to the drink.

4. Jim Beam Bourbon

Bottle of Jim Beam Bourbon

Average Price: Roughly $24.87 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Sweet corn, caramel, oak

Palate: Butterscotch, toasted grains, pepper

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: Jim Beam bourbon makes its mark on Bartesian cocktails with its inviting nose of sweet corn, caramel, and oak.

The versatility of this good whiskey, also called bourbon [1], shines through, seamlessly complementing a wide range of drink profiles, especially when I tried it with the Jim Beam Kentucky Sour.

When sipping, this drink presents a palate of butterscotch, toasted grains, charred oak, rye, and pepper, enhancing the complexity and character of the drink.

Bartender Tip: Add a lime juice and bitters splash to elevate the drink. 

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5. Crown Royal Apple Canadian Whisky

Bottle of Crown Royal Apple Canadian Whisky

Average Price: Roughly $20.99 (Total Wine)

Alcohol Content: 35% ABV

Nose: Crisp green apples, caramel, cinnamon

Palate: Sweet apple, butterscotch, toasted oak

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

Why We Like It: Crown Royal Apple adds a delightful twist to Bartesian cocktails. Its nose is filled with the crisp scent of green apples, caramel, rye, cinnamon, and hints of apple pie. 

The liquor showcases butterscotch and bitters in the mixed drink. It elevates the Apple Pie pod with its sweet apple infusion.

6. Kirkland Canadian Whisky

Bottle of Kirkland Canadian Whisky and a Glass with Ice

Average Price: Roughly $24.99 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Light grains, citrus, floral note

Palate: Sweet caramel, butterscotch, toasted oak, cinnamon

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

Why We Like It: This drink proves to be a versatile companion for Bartesian cocktails. Its nose presents light grains, honey, citrus, and a subtle floral note. 

It seamlessly integrates when paired with Bartesian Paper Plane pods, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable libation. It is a little bitter, boozy, and beautifully balanced. 

7. Wordford Reserve Whiskey

Wordford Reserve Whiskey Bottle of a Table

Average Price: Roughly $39.99 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 45.2% ABV

Nose: Rich caramel, toasted oak, dark chocolate

Palate: Buttery toffee, toasted almonds, dried cherry

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

Why We Like It: Woodford Reserve whiskey is a standout choice for elevating Whiskey Smash cocktails. Its nose, boasting rich caramel, toasted oak, dark chocolate, and a hint of dried fruit, sets high expectations. 

Woodford Reserve Whiskey Smash delights with dried cherry, and a touch of leather, adding complexity to the whiskey cocktail. 

“We were in the top 1% of Kickstarter history, so we knew there was some interest from consumers.” -Ryan Close, CEO of Bartesian Inc. 

Note: The star rating was determined based on a blind test, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. We assessed the whiskeys based on flavor harmony, versatility, aroma, mixability, and enhancing the Bartesian experience.


How does a Bartesian machine work?

Bartesian machine works, when you fill the machine’s water reservoir, insert a cocktail pod, load the corresponding bottle of spirit into the reservoir, and then add the ice cubes to the glass.

Afterward, select your preferred setting (or other styles). The machine will release the whiskey or spirit, combine it with the pod contents, and dispense a well-mixed cocktail, ensuring consistent quality and convenience.

Has Bartesian been discontinued?

No, Bartesian has not been discontinued. It is available on the market and expands its offerings [2]. They introduced a more comprehensive range of pods, giving users even more flavors and variety.

Are Bartesian pods expensive?

No, Bartesian pods are not expensive. On average, a pack of whiskey cocktails with nine selections is priced at approximately $19.99, but the prices vary based on the pods. 

With these pods, you don’t need to buy other ingredients; purchase your favorite whiskey.

What alcohol to buy for Bartesian?

For a Bartesian machine, we recommend buying American whiskey, Blended Scotch whisky, Tennessee whiskey, Irish whiskey, vodka, rum, tequila, rye whiskey, Japanese whiskey, and gin. 

However, whiskeys are combined with Bartesian’s cocktail pods to create a wide range of delicious drinks. 

It’s essential to select spirits of good quality that you enjoy, as they will directly influence the taste of your cocktails.

Final Thoughts

Each whiskey mentioned above brings its unique character, enhancing the drink experience differently.

Bulleit bourbon stands out as a remarkable choice. Its rich and harmonious notes seamlessly complement Bartesian cocktails, creating a captivating palate profile. 

Its harmonious blend of rich caramel and spicy notes creates a captivating and well-balanced profile that adds depth and sophistication to Bartesian creations.



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here or feel free to give Lydia a tip.

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