Celebrate the history of an American classic with Jim Beam Distiller's Series ($24). This limited edition bourbon whiskey comes in collector's bottles, featuring the seven Beam family distillers that have run the company over the last 200+ years. Aged seven years, the spicy/sweet blend features subtle wood notes and a smooth, mellow finish. Damn tasty.
Perfected over 175 years ago, Bulleit Bourbon ($25) has, to say the least, proven itself. Made using a unique rye recipe and Kentucky limestone-filtered water from the Salt River, the small batch bourbon is aged around six years and provides a distinctive smoky smooth taste. We went through our review bottle alarmingly quick. Luckily, the flask-shaped, frontier-esque bottle is so cool you'll want to save it after the 90-proof goodness is long gone. The bottles are so cool, in fact, that they were used as props on Deadwood. How can you not approve of Swearengen's drink of choice?
Ah, Wild Turkey. We've had some great drunken times with this classic bourbon, and now its makers are celebrating its tradition with Wild Turkey American Spirit ($TBD). Produced in extremely limited quantities as a super-premium bourbon, the 100-proof, 15-year-old hooch will come in a great-looking unique bottle, complete with strip stamp seal and commemorative box. Cheers. [Thanks, Doug]