Fall is the unofficial Oscar season of the bourbon world. Because Bourbon Heritage Month is in September, because bourbon takes the edge off that fading summer pain, and just because they’ve been doing it for years, many distillers release some of their best stuff right as the leaves start falling.
We picked nine great bottles from among the crowd. You may not be able to get your hands on more than a taste of some of these, but we suggest you do that any way you can. They’re all worth the effort.