It’s been a big year for bourbon. The U.S.’s love affair with its own whiskey has only grown stronger — and why shouldn’t it with so many great bottles coming out?
We could talk about the amazing small-batch programs, the most coveted brands, the increasing quality… or we could just highlight a few rare, once-in-a-lifetime bottles that hit shelves this year (and this year only). Well, done and done.
And, yes, for clarification, there are plenty of bourbons that come out once a year, Pappy included. But we’ve collected a list of truly unique bourbons — bottles distilleries won’t (or can’t) re-create.
Some of them are only available aftermarket. Some may be hiding in dusty, forgotten corners if you’re lucky. Some of them are available right now, in abundance, from online retailers. However much work you might have to do (or money you might have to spend) to get your hands on them, they’re worth it. Happy hunting.