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Posted: 3/29/2006 4:48:46 PM EDT
Ok everyone, this weekend my parents are offering to get me a bottle of anything I want when they make their weekly trip to the liquer store, provided it is the under $40 range. So far I have had the following:

x1 Seagrams Seven
-Cheap stuff that wasn't "mine" but my parents allowed me to try it out. Of course it isn't used for drinking but mixing drinks.

x2 Bottles of Wild Turkey Rarebreed
-This is what I started with and when I first began it was disgusting and vile. I jerked when it went down and I couldn't really learn to take in the smell and let the bourbon sit in my mouth. Later, I started drinking it over the rocks and kinda developed a taste

x1 Bottle Bookers
-Now that my parents knew I had started researching and learning about bourbon they allowed me to have some of the more expensive stuff. This was very strong and I drank it neat or over the rocks. I didn't actually drink it, it was more of a sip.

Thats my experience with whiskey and bourbon. This weekend my parents are offering me a bottle of whatever I want provided it is under ~$40.

Right now I am torn between Knob Creek and Makers Mark. I have heard excellent things about these two and I must say that the distinctive bottling on the Knob Creek is attractive. Makers Mark seems a little cheaper, and I have read that it isn't strong and doesn't "kick". That would be good for a novice like me.

So if you could choose which you could drink, Knob Creek, or Makers Mark which would it be? Thanks for the reviews and opinions!
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:50:28 PM EDT
How old are you?

Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:51:25 PM EDT
Personally, I prefer a blend versus a straight bourbon. Canadian Mist is a good choice. Avoid anything with the words "ancient" in it, almost always it's rotgut. Crown Royal may be the best, but it ain't cheap!
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:53:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BobCole:
Personally, I prefer a blend versus a straight bourbon. Canadian Mist is a good choice. Avoid anything with the words "ancient" in it, almost always it's rotgut. Crown Royal may be the best, but it ain't cheap!



I have no experience with blends. Are they still drunk in a similar fashion to straight bourbons? Like I said about $40 is my limit and I want something that is pretty smooth.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:07:30 PM EDT
Neat or on the rocks, I prefer Maker's Mark over Knob Creek. Maker's just seems more mellow to me, but I am absolutely no expert.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:09:13 PM EDT
Makers Mark.... nuff said

Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:10:26 PM EDT
Makers on the rocks, splash of water. Could drink those all night....
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:13:27 PM EDT
How strong is the Makers Mark? Is is so strong that it just overwhelms you with the strength of the alchoal?
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:15:01 PM EDT
Bookers is really easy to drink

If you can't handle that, Knob Creek and Maker's will ruin your day
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:16:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Burkey:
How strong is the Makers Mark? Is is so strong that it just overwhelms you with the strength of the alchoal?



most burbon is between 80 and 90 proof. some TASTE stronger than others, but for the most part the alcohol content is the same. Wild Turkey gets up to 100 proof, but that's about it. Makers IIRC is 80 or 85 proof, so it's not a super strong drink.

it's very smooth and flavorful. if you still find it to be too strong, give it a splash of water to smooth it out a bit more.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:18:49 PM EDT
Makers Mark is very good, but I keep returning to Jim Beam... I guess old habits dye hard...
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:23:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TulaneBME:
Neat or on the rocks, I prefer Maker's Mark over Knob Creek. Maker's just seems more mellow to me, but I am absolutely no expert.

Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:26:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Burkey:
How strong is the Makers Mark? Is is so strong that it just overwhelms you with the strength of the alchoal?



See above:)

It is very very smooth, not to strong at all...I mean it is alcohol so you will feel it...but it has a good taste and nice aftertaste.

Oh yeah, just go straight it has better flavor. Somone mentioned adding ice and water, but I don't prefer it this way, it actually seems to get more bitey, weird I know.

Hell you have a whole bottle...try it both ways:)
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:29:32 PM EDT
Jack Daniels. I don't know why, but I keep going back.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:32:03 PM EDT
Woodford Reserve,
incredible stuff
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:34:29 PM EDT
Makers Mark, Woodord Reserve or Knob Creek. All are good. I like Makers the best.

Actually on the rare occasion I drink Liquor I usually drink Scotch.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:37:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Snorkel_Bob:
Woodford Reserve,
incredible stuff



+1

Best stuff available.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:38:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
Bookers is really easy to drink

If you can't handle that, Knob Creek and Maker's will ruin your day



I noticed that even though it was over 120 proof it still had an incredible smoothness to it, and it was alot easier to drink than the Rare Breed. Do you think since I have had experience with a higher quality bourbon that it will not be easy to go to a cheaper bourbon? Thanks for the advice everyone.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:39:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
How old are you?




Three .
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:40:58 PM EDT
Smooth, Mellow, MARKERS MARK....... Makers Mark.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:41:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jms92:
Makers Mark is very good, but I keep returning to Jim Beam... I guess old habits dye hard...



MM is too sweet. Tell them you want 4 bottles of Jim Beam.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:42:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CSM:
Jack Daniels.



Is not Bourbon
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:44:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2006 5:48:31 PM EDT by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:54:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2006 5:55:53 PM EDT by CSM]

Originally Posted By AR15fan:

Originally Posted By CSM:
Jack Daniels.



Is not Bourbon



no shit? I try bourbon once in a while, but I just can't get away from Jack.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:58:35 PM EDT
Try some Knob Creek. You'll throw rocks at the others after that.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 6:04:28 PM EDT
i like jim beam,,,,,or jim beam black,,,,,or knob creek, which i believe is an offshot of the beam distelery (iirc) but ive been wrong before

i love wild turkey, but it doesn't seem to be for everyone

maztter a fact i think i hear it gobbeling at me from the bar now
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 6:12:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
Makers Mark.... nuff said




Yep! Maker's Mark is gooood stuff., also as another I would suggest Knob Creek.

No Expert
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 7:51:27 PM EDT
Bushmill black label
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 8:03:02 PM EDT
Eh, note my name. It wasn't chosen because of the Knob Creek Shoot.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 12:08:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 12:23:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GlockLuvinRedleg:
i like jim beam,,,,,or jim beam black,,,,,or knob creek, which i believe is an offshot of the beam distelery (iirc) but ive been wrong before

i love wild turkey, but it doesn't seem to be for everyone

maztter a fact i think i hear it gobbeling at me from the bar now



Jim Beam Aged 4 years
Jim Beam Black aged 8 years (may personal favorite)
Knob Creek aged 12 years IIRC

The longer it is aged the higher the alcohol content will be and it will also be more sweet, from expanding and contracting through the caramel layer in the flamed barrels.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 12:29:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
Makers Mark.... nuff said



Yup !!
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 12:46:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By duckdawg:

Originally Posted By Snorkel_Bob:
Woodford Reserve,
incredible stuff



+1

Best stuff available.



that's the stuff, right there.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 12:52:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Magurgle:

Originally Posted By GlockLuvinRedleg:
i like jim beam,,,,,or jim beam black,,,,,or knob creek, which i believe is an offshot of the beam distelery (iirc) but ive been wrong before

i love wild turkey, but it doesn't seem to be for everyone

maztter a fact i think i hear it gobbeling at me from the bar now



Jim Beam Aged 4 years
Jim Beam Black aged 8 years (may personal favorite)
Knob Creek aged 12 years IIRC

The longer it is aged the higher the alcohol content will be and it will also be more sweet, from expanding and contracting through the caramel layer in the flamed barrels.



Jim Beam is very good for the money, it has a very pleasant taste.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 1:11:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Mall-Ninja:

Originally Posted By duckdawg:

Originally Posted By Snorkel_Bob:
Woodford Reserve,
incredible stuff



+1

Best stuff available.



that's the stuff, right there.



Woodford is awesome for the money, but so is Jim Beam black, Bookers, Bakers, and Basil Haydens. I can't see why anybody would drink Knob Creek, that stuff is foul compared to the rest of the "family".
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 1:25:05 AM EDT
Mommy and Daddy have offered to buy you a bottle of booze?

There is something really strange about this.

"Honey, Burkey got straight A's and has been keeping his room clean. Let's buy him some liquor."

They gonna buy you a carton of smokes too?
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:08:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
Mommy and Daddy have offered to buy you a bottle of booze?

There is something really strange about this.

"Honey, Burkey got straight A's and has been keeping his room clean. Let's buy him some liquor."

They gonna buy you a carton of smokes too?



+1 somethings not right here. arfcom is to anxious to talk about liqour, and not about the kiddo getting drunk.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 3:18:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 3:24:05 AM EDT
Eagle Rare - 100 proof of smooooooooooooooooooooth
That is not enough o's to describe it.

Step over to an aged single malt scotch from Scotland.

None of the above mentioned liquors should be mixed with anything excapt maybe an ice cube.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 4:09:36 AM EDT
+1 for Basil Hayden's. It is smooth stuff
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 7:47:27 AM EDT
A.H. Hirsch. 16 or 20 years. Take your pick.
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