As one who has gotten into this only the last couple of years, I always read with interest comments about the bourbons of a couple of decades or so ago. It seems that many here who enjoyed them then usually consider them the superior of their current bottlings. I'm thinking particularly of the ND era OGDs, Old Overholt, the 8 yr. WT, etc. But aren't any bourbons better now than years ago? Lots of other things are; when I was a kid, you almost expected a blow-out on a long trip, but I've not even heard of one in years. OK, we're not talking tires here, but is any whisky better now? Or have the bean counters completely triumphed over the craftsmen?
I realize there are probably some side issues here. In recent years, it seems that there is more use of "premium" labels (true?), and I guess, even with bean counters at work, we should expect the bourbon selected for today's Booker's to be better than most of the volume put into JB White 30 years ago. So maybe I have (at least) two questions. Is any continuing label better now than in years past? And is any distiller putting out its best product now, under any labeling?
Having pretty much missed out on these older bottles I read about, it would be nice to hear that at least for something out there today, these are the good old days.