Savor the Smoothest Sips: Top Bourbons of 2023 by InsideHook

The Best Bourbons of 2023 (So Far)


The world of bourbon is constantly evolving, with new brands, flavors, and limited editions hitting the market each year. As we dive into 2023, it’s time to take a look at the best bourbons that have been released so far.

Old Forester 150th Anniversary Batch

To celebrate 150 years of distilling bourbon, Old Forester released its special anniversary batch. This bourbon is made from a special blend of barrels that were chosen by the Master Distiller, Chris Morris. It has a smooth, balanced flavor with notes of caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, and oak. This limited edition bottle is a must-try for any bourbon lover.

Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Tawny Port Barrels

Angel’s Envy is known for its unique finishes, and their latest release does not disappoint. This bourbon is finished in tawny port barrels, which gives it a distinctive fruity flavor. The finish is long and sweet, with subtle hints of dark chocolate and cherry. This bourbon is perfect for sipping on a cold winter evening.

Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2023: Stave Profile RC6

Maker’s Mark is always experimenting with new finishes, and their latest release is a winner. The Wood Finishing Series 2023 is finished with staves that have been charred to a specific degree, resulting in a rich, complex flavor. The bourbon has notes of vanilla, caramel, and spice, with a hint of smoke on the finish. This limited edition bottle is worth seeking out.

Wild Turkey Decades

Wild Turkey Decades is a blend of bourbons that are aged between 10 and 20 years. The result is a bourbon with a smooth, mellow flavor and a long, satisfying finish. The nose has notes of vanilla, oak, and spice, while the palate is rich with flavors of caramel, toffee, and dried fruit. This bourbon is perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks.

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel

Elijah Craig is known for its small-batch bourbons, and their Toasted Barrel release is no exception. This bourbon is aged in charred oak barrels and then finished in toasted barrels, which give it a unique flavor profile. The nose has notes of caramel and vanilla, while the palate is rich and complex with flavors of toasted oak, cinnamon, and dark fruit. This is a great bourbon for anyone looking to try something different.


These are just a few of the best bourbons that have been released so far in 2023. Whether you prefer a smooth, mellow bourbon or something with a unique flavor profile, there’s something for everyone on this list. So, grab a bottle, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy the best that the world of bourbon has to offer. Cheers!

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Written by Olivia Taylor

Olivia Taylor has been writing about bourbon for the past five years and has become an expert in the field. She is passionate about educating people about the history and culture of bourbon and loves to share her knowledge with others. Olivia is also an avid traveler and has visited many of the world's top bourbon distilleries. She is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the American Whiskey Trail. Olivia is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a degree in English Literature. She currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, where she enjoys exploring the city's vibrant bourbon culture.

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