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Posted: 2/8/2021 5:32:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/11/2021 12:29:44 PM EDT by BigDawg308]
I'll update this original post with suggestions as we get them.

The bourbon scene has really been on fire for a couple of years now. There are some absolutely great values out there right now, and there is some over-priced swill. I'm going to use this thread to help keep options current. Also, feel free to share any "steals and deals". Also, feel free to put notice out on purveyors who price gouge popular bottles.

Best Bourbons Under $20

Benchmark
Rebel Yell (southerncross)
Jim Beam Repeal Batch (KoolOperator)

Best Bourbons Under $35

Buiffalo Trace
Weller Special Reserve
Old Grand Dad 114
Wild Turkey 101
Evan Williams Bottled in Bond
Knob Creek
Larceny (johnnypantz)
Early Times Bottled in Bond (GlockSpeed31)
Woodford Reserve (bubba497h2)
1792 (bubba497h2)
Four Roses Small Batch (southerncross)

Best Bourbons $35-$75

EH Taylor Small Batch
Eagle Rare
Yellowstone
Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond
Blantons
Weller 12
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered
Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel
Angel's Envy
Maker's Mark 101
Henry McKenna 10 (RolandDeschain)
Ezra Brooks Distiller’s Collection (RolandDeschain)
Widow Jane 10 (0627Devildog)
Koval (0627Devildog)
ASW Fiddler (GlockSpeed31)
Woodford Reserve (GlockSpeed31)
Old Forester 1920 (JT_26)

Best Bourbons $76-$150

Elijah Craig 18
Kentucky Owl Confiscated
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I don’t see Larceny on that list. Should correct that
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Originally Posted By johnnypantz:
I don't see Larceny on that list. Should correct that
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That was my first suggestion as well.
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Originally Posted By johnnypantz:
I don’t see Larceny on that list. Should correct that
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Originally Posted By wiseanhyzer:
That was my first suggestion as well.
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OP updated.
Link Posted: 2/8/2021 7:27:25 PM EDT
Current on hand bottles.  My goal is to buy 1 new bottle I haven't tried every time I go to the bottle shop.



This is good stuff:


Also good:
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Add:

Koval $49
&
Widow Jane $79 (My personal favorite)
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Originally Posted By RolandDeschain:
Current on hand bottles.  My goal is to buy 1 new bottle I haven't tried every time I go to the bottle shop.

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This is good stuff:
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Also good:
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I’ve heard that Ezra Brooks is great. I do know the Henry McKenna 10 hits way above its price range if you can find it at retail around $50.
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Originally Posted By 0627Devildog:
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Koval $49
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Widow Jane $79 (My personal favorite)
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I’ve never had the Koval, but Widow Jane 10 at $79 is completely legit. Great juice.
Link Posted: 2/8/2021 9:24:14 PM EDT
In the $75 range I'm a big fan of the Jeffersons Ocean voyages.
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Early Times Bottled in Bond 100 proof, $26
Wild Turkey 101, under $35
ASW Fiddler, $35-40
Makers Mark Cask strength (various proofs, depending on barrel) $45-65
Knob Creek 100, $35-40

That's all I can think of off top of my head
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Originally Posted By BigDawg308:
I do know the Henry McKenna 10 hits way above its price range if you can find it at retail around $50.
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I remember buying it at $35 just a couple years ago
Link Posted: 2/9/2021 8:30:26 AM EDT
ASW is made by a local 3-Gun shooter btw, he makes very good stuff.

Link Posted: 2/9/2021 9:27:01 AM EDT
Woodford Reserve $35 and up depending on what you want.
1792 Bourbon $35.

I'm still partial to Jim Beam also. YMMV.
Link Posted: 2/9/2021 9:32:07 AM EDT
My go to is Elijah Craig or Maker's Mark
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Link Posted: 2/9/2021 6:33:45 PM EDT
My go-to has always been Eagle Rare but it obviously has turned into ammo.

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Originally Posted By ATLDiver:
My go-to has always been Eagle Rare but it obviously has turned into ammo.

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Sad but true analogy.
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Originally Posted By southerncross:


Sometimes I wish I didn't enjoy it.

Then I slap myself and have another glass.
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Yeah, I curse myself for being able to tell the difference.
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Originally Posted By southerncross:
I'm partial to Four Roses Small Batch at $35 a bottle
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+1 for the Four Roses
Link Posted: 2/10/2021 2:34:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GlockSpeed31:
Early Times Bottled in Bond 100 proof, $26
Wild Turkey 101, under $35
ASW Fiddler, $35-40
Makers Mark Cask strength (various proofs, depending on barrel) $45-65
Knob Creek 100, $35-40

That's all I can think of off top of my head
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OP updated. Thanks!

Originally Posted By southerncross:
I'm partial to Four Roses Small Batch at $35 a bottle
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Four Roses is pretty great. Excellent for Old Fashioneds.

Originally Posted By jmarkma:
ASW is made by a local 3-Gun shooter btw, he makes very good stuff.

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Gotta love a dude who shoots fast wearing suspenders.
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That 1920 is good stuff. Adding it to the board.
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Originally Posted By southerncross:
We havent discussed ultra cheap bourbon yet...
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Now you've done it... Jim Beam Repeal Batch Bourbon. It should be right next to the regular cheap bottle of beam white and only $3 more. Tastes way better than plain beam. Get one before hipsters drive the price up.
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Originally Posted By southerncross:
We havent discussed ultra cheap bourbon yet so I'll introduce one. Rebel Yell is $18 a 750mL local to me. It's pretty decent as a mixer and I drink it straight occasionally. Surprisingly decent.
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Originally Posted By KoolOperator:


Now you've done it... Jim Beam Repeal Batch Bourbon. It should be right next to the regular cheap bottle of beam white and only $3 more. Tastes way better than plain beam. Get one before hipsters drive the price up.
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I’ll add an under $20 category later today and add both of those suggestions.
Link Posted: 2/11/2021 11:43:01 AM EDT
Evan Williams by the handle. Age it with your own charred oak.

Easily as good as 90% of the stuff on this list.


I’m aging some white dog as we speak but I’m really trying to find some old school corn “likker” to branch out with recipes

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Link Posted: 2/11/2021 4:33:26 PM EDT
Y'all remind me why we did this.  The house we recently bought had this giant clock on the wall that didn't work (actually I think the batteries are dead).  So we decided just to set it at 5 o'clock and leave it like that.  

Ironically I really don't like the taste of most alcohol so I rarely drink.  Still, I'm a big fan of Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson and I love margaritas so it's always 5 o'clock in our house lol.


Link Posted: 2/11/2021 4:35:37 PM EDT
Wilderness Trail falls in the $35 to $75 category.  I've had both the Small Batch and the 6-year old, both very good.  My local watering hole has added Barrell to their shelf, they are above the $75 threshold if you buy at the liquor store, but that are pretty damn good.  I think they are getting a lot of Internet hype so prices are high, but if you get the chance, give it a whirl, it's good stuff.

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Originally Posted By Brandi:
Y'all remind me why we did this.  The house we recently bought had this giant clock on the wall that didn't work (actually I think the batteries are dead).  So we decided just to set it at 5 o'clock and leave it like that.  

Ironically I really don't like the taste of most alcohol so I rarely drink.  Still, I'm a big fan of Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson and I love margaritas so it's always 5 o'clock in our house lol.

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Clever. I like it. Life gave you lemons, and you made lemonade. Give me lemons, and I’m making whiskey 🥃 sours.
Link Posted: 2/12/2021 3:13:33 AM EDT
Is Bulleit Bourbon Frontier whiskey good, bad or somewhere in between?  The previous owner of our house left us a bottle and we've never tried it.  Came in a kind of cool bag called a Lewis bag.  Supposedly it's some kind of special edition but that doesn't mean it's drinkable lol.

Generally if we (mostly my sis, not me) drink whiskey it's Jim Beam Devil's Cut but we also drink Buffalo Trace on occasion.  The Bulleit Bourbon Frontier has just been sitting there.
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Originally Posted By Brandi:
Is Bulleit Bourbon Frontier whiskey good, bad or somewhere in between?  The previous owner of our house left us a bottle and we've never tried it.  Came in a kind of cool bag called a Lewis bag.  Supposedly it's some kind of special edition but that doesn't mean it's drinkable lol.

Generally if we (mostly my sis, not me) drink whiskey it's Jim Beam Devil's Cut but we also drink Buffalo Trace on occasion.  The Bulleit Bourbon Frontier has just been sitting there.
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It's decent at it's price point.  I think a 1.5L is right around $45.  I usually have a bottle of it laying around.
Link Posted: 2/12/2021 7:08:42 PM EDT
Drinking JB Devil's Cut tonight. I have become comfortably numb.
Link Posted: 2/13/2021 9:20:31 PM EDT
I know it's sacrilege to you guys but if I'm drinking whiskey it's got enough coke mixed in to cover most of the taste

Then again, I've probably never tasted "good" whiskey.
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Originally Posted By southerncross:


Taste is subjective. I can tell you what kind of barrel it was bottled in and how old it is with whiskey, but wine I am totally lost. I still mix coke with bourbon sometimes all the time.
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FIFY
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I’ll have to look up pricing.
Bulleit 95 rye
Legends 100 made in Cumming is good which is a small barrel. Legends gold label is awful
Breckinridge reserve blend from Colorado
Jack Daniels single barrel
ASW fiddler made in Cumming is very good as previously mentioned.
Basil Hayden’s
Whistle pig rye 12 yr cask finish
The last 2 are my wife’s favorite

I have bought but not tried
Uncle nearest 1884 small batch
Hatozaki small batch Japanese whiskey
Skrewball peanut butter whiskey
Heaven hill 7 year straight bourbon

I buy all my bourbon once a year except for the local distillery stuff.
I’m a Christmas baby and my birthday present to myself is going to the Costco Alpharetta late November- early December and doing a bourbon run.  That usually involves purchasing some odd stuff as well as my go to staples

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The Screwball Peanut Butter is different, but not in a bad way.
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Link Posted: 2/14/2021 9:28:38 PM EDT
I guess I am a cheap skate, everything I have on hand and regularly buy is in the under $45 range. I splurge occasionally but I am convinced the point of diminishing returns occurs around $40, most everything above that mark is more hype than substance with a few notable exceptions.
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Baker's single barrel made by JB bout 60 bucks. I can't get enough of that.
Knob Creek 12 yr old n up is awesome.
Four Rose's small batch and single barrel great stuff.
Wild Turkey has come a long way.
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And if anyone sees any Mater's Keep from wild turkey. The green or silver box please let me know.. I have two of the four collection.

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Originally Posted By dawggs4:
Baker's single barrel made by JB bout 60 bucks. I can't get enough of that.
Knob Creek 12 yr old n up is awesome.
Four Rose's small batch and single barrel great stuff.
Wild Turkey has come a long way.
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Wild Turkey 101 is now my go-to "cheap" bourbon. Man it's tasty neat, rocks, or in an Old Fashioned. The WT Rare Breed is really good, too, but I don't think it's $28 per fifth better than the WT101. I'm getting WT101 for $22, and Rare Breed is $50.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 1:09:58 PM EDT
Anyone done the bourbon trail in Ky? I done some. It's awesome.
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Originally Posted By dawggs4:
Anyone done the bourbon trail in Ky? I done some. It's awesome.
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I went to a couple of my favorites, and it was really interesting. Hope to spend more time there in a few years but with a 1 and 4 year old at the time, they weren't super helpful
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Originally Posted By D_J:
Part of me wishes I could enjoy stuff like this vs. going

Given the cost, part of me is glad I don't.
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I know right. I tried often to aquire a taste but tequila always won.
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