I recently bought a bottle of Cadenheads (a Scottish independent bottler of fine spirits). This was described as ~59% 11yo Frankfort distillery bourbon and was from a limited run of about 270 bottles (from memory). This is an incredible bourbon that I'm sure most forum members would love.
For those of you who are not 'into' Scotch, Cadenheads along with Douglas Laing, is one of the most well respected Scotch whisky bottlers around and consumers can buy with confidence, whatever the country or distillery. Every bottle is different and provides a unique whisk(e)y experience. The labeling is transparent, such that no two Heaven Hill offering (say) can be confused.
So to get to my question, where is the American equivalent ?
I know we have stuff like Noah's Mill, but this is just a brand, which is aiming for consistency. I noticed Binny's have started doing their own single barrel bottling of BT (not available to me unfortunately).
Rather than worrying about differences between PVW 15yo and ORVW 15yo, we could celebrate them. PVW 15yo is a new bottling, to be explored and enjoyed.
An indpendent bottler offering single cask offering of different ages from different distilleries would be allow bourbon drinkers access to some of the variety Scotch drinkers have enjoyed for many years.
Two years ago I was obsessed with trying as many American whiskeys as possible. Now I feel like I've tried practically eveything I wanted to and have been drawn back to Scotch.
My favourite whisk(e)ys are still American, but I'm not ready to stop exploring yet. It seems to me there is just so much potential being untapped for American whiskey.