Every year, we look forward to September, since with the start of fall and the celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month comes the introduction of many new American whiskies. This autumn is no exception, with a number of recently released spirits you need to taste.
During California’s gold rush, prospectors enjoyed drinking Cyrus Noble Bourbon in San Francisco saloons. The historic brand was just resurrected, and you can now try its spicy 5-year-old whiskey, which was distilled in Nelson County, Kentucky.
Honor Col. Taylor, a true bourbon innovator, by picking up this limited-edition bottling from Buffalo Trace. The almost-12-year-old, 100-proof whiskey with notes of sweetness and dried fruits was even aged in a warehouse constructed by the man himself.
Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon ($100):
Four Roses just added this cask-strength whiskey to its portfolio. (It’s pictured above and should be hitting store shelves sometime in the next few days.) Fortunately, master distiller Jim Rutledge made about 3,500 bottles of the extremely smooth and quaffable spirit.
Parker’s Heritage Collection Barrel Finished Bourbon ($80):
Parker Beam has been the master distiller at Heaven Hill since 1975, and his latest creation is being distributed now. It is an elegant and complex bourbon that was aged in both standard American-oak barrels and French Limousin-oak casks that previously held Frapin Grande Champagne Cognac.
Remember the birth of another bourbon pioneer—George Garvin Brown, who co-founded spirits company Brown-Forman back in 1870—with this creamy 12-year-old whiskey. All 62 barrels of this year’s Birthday Bourbon were filled on the same day, and the resulting liquor has hints of baking spices and citrus.