Old Forester is the only bourbon brand still in existence that was produced before, during and after Prohibition. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon pays homage to the brand's founder, George Garvin Brown, and in the past dozen years has been a special, annual release every fall. This year's expression was bottled at 97 proof, with plenty of sweet vanilla and maple syrup flavors, making it another great tribute to a pioneer in the bourbon industry.
If there's one thing bourbon connoisseurs love, it's bourbon with an age statement. While many distillers move away from letting you know how old the juice in their bottles are, Heaven Hill continues to annually release "extra-aged" limited edition goods like Elijah Craig 23. This single barrel expression should satisfy both collectors of rare releases and those who work their way through a bottle quickly as well, as the extra-age adds nicely to the overall flavor and experience of a dram. It's a bourbon old enough to drink itself that won't be around very long.
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.