The entire bourbon industry owes a debt to the distillers who laid the groundwork for the boom the industry is currently in the midst of, and Wild Turkey's Jimmy Russell is at the top of that list. Diamond Anniversary is a new bourbon honoring Russell and his 60 years of service to Wild Turkey, selected by his son, Master Distiller Eddie Russell. It's a blend of 13-16 year-old barrels that comes in at 91 proof and does an excellent job paying tribute to Russell and Wild Turkey. A must-have for Wild Turkey fans and anyone who appreciates great bourbon.
There is an old southern term called Pinhooking, used to describe a keen purchase of a young thoroughbred. Bourbon and thoroughbreds are already friendly neighbors and Pinhook Bourbon helps join the two Kentucky staples together with their brand new spirit. The premier batch of 5,000 bottles features a hand-written, letter-pressed label profiling the horse Bourbon Courage — and their next batch will feature another promising colt. But it's what lies inside the bottle that is the real prize — a bright, balanced, high-rye bourbon curated by folks that know good whiskey when they taste it. Picking up a bottle could help you find a new favorite horse to root for and a new favorite bourbon to boot.
The good folks at Heaven Hill Distilleries have been releasing consistently good bourbon forever, and their Elijah Craig line is among their best. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is the beast of the bunch, with the latest batch tipping the scales at over 134 proof, aged for 12 years, straight from the barrel, non-chill filtered, and uncut. It sounds intimidating, and it is, but is also one of the best barrel proof bourbons on the market today.