OLD FORESTER BIRTHDAY BOURBON
Jamie says: "A little more difficult to find, but Old Forester's Birthday Bourbon is a release I look forward to every year, and this year was no exception."
NOAH'S MILL FROM WILLETT DISTILLERY
Bill says: "This has been a long-time favorite. While not quite a cask-strength -- coming in at 114.3 proof -- the alcohol is not a distraction, but a delivery vessel. It imparts brown sugar and caramel, but isn't too sweet, with light smokiness and a nice lingering finish. If their two-year-old whiskey (coming out later this year) was already on the market, it would be my fifth choice for this list. So, whiskey drinkers: get ready to taste one of the best young whiskies ever distilled."
Adam Lapetina is a food/drink staff writer at Thrillist and finally has an alternative to those plastic bottles of Rebel Yell. Read his musings on Twitter at @adamlapetina.