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2021-12-06 2:40:12 PM  
My all time favorite is WL Weller Full Proof Wheated, impossible to find though. A great easy to find lower cost bourbon is Buffalo Trace, it could easily sell for twice as much and no one who loves boorbon would bat an eye.
 
2021-12-06 2:41:09 PM  
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Whisky Advocate magazine 2019 whisky of the year.  Very tasty.
 
2021-12-06 2:42:14 PM  
Dunno. Been sober for seven and a half years.
 
2021-12-06 2:43:30 PM  
Buffalo Trace or Woidford Reserve are my top two.  Never had any of the real high-dollar stuff, though.
 
2021-12-06 2:46:05 PM  
Personally, I think Blanton's is the standard. Especially for the price (although it tends to fluctuate based on demand). 

If you like strong Oak flavor Booker's is great.

If you're looking for something high-end and smoother, Angel's Envy is great, and is finished in port barrels so it has a nice red wine type of end notes to it.

If you're looking for more mid-shelf: Basil Hayden is nice and smooth. There's also Woodford Reserve, Larceny, and Bulleit. They tend to stay between $20-40, and they're pretty solid.
 
2021-12-06 2:46:12 PM  
This is an interesting article:

https://uproxx.com/life/most-underrat​e​d-bourbons-2020/

My dad is a big fan of Wild Turkey in all of its forms but agrees with what is said in the piece about Evan Williams being underrated.

I used to prefer clear and allegedly tasteless liquor because I was deadly serious about drinking.
 
2021-12-06 2:47:01 PM  

Mad Scientist: [Fark user image 850x850]

Whisky Advocate magazine 2019 whisky of the year.  Very tasty.


I'm a big George fan, but I usually by the #12. Haven't tried this on, or even seen it in my local stores (MD).
 
2021-12-06 2:50:15 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: Personally, I think Blanton's is the standard. Especially for the price (although it tends to fluctuate based on demand). 

If you like strong Oak flavor Booker's is great.

If you're looking for something high-end and smoother, Angel's Envy is great, and is finished in port barrels so it has a nice red wine type of end notes to it.

If you're looking for more mid-shelf: Basil Hayden is nice and smooth. There's also Woodford Reserve, Larceny, and Bulleit. They tend to stay between $20-40, and they're pretty solid.


This post is correct in all particulars. Trust it, subby.

I would just add that Jim Beam Black is my go-to low end bourbon, going back a long way. It's got the right balance of smoothness and character, for me anyway.
 
2021-12-06 2:50:16 PM  
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My personal favorite is Henry McKenna 10 year single barrel bottled in bond.  Are you looking for something in a specific price range?
 
2021-12-06 2:51:19 PM  
Oh - and don't pay the premium around Van Winkle.  Not worth it, you can buy better bourbons for less.  Such as the McKenna above.
 
2021-12-06 2:51:52 PM  

Mad Scientist: [Fark user image 850x850]

Whisky Advocate magazine 2019 whisky of the year.  Very tasty.


I asked for bonded whiskey @ the liquor store in Colorado, and they had no idea what that is.

Also, Esquire has subby's back: https://www.esquire.com/food-dr​ink/dri​nks/a38391223/esquire-spirit-awards-20​21/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website​&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark
 
2021-12-06 2:52:09 PM  

dionysusaur: Buffalo Trace or Woidford Reserve are my top two.  Never had any of the real high-dollar stuff, though.


Bulleit is also good, as is Suntory (Japanese whiskey). I do agree with Ron Swanson that Lagavulin is excellent, but it's much more expensive.
 
2021-12-06 2:52:12 PM  
From here, I learned about "Whistle Pig" and "Jeffersons" but the one that's aged at sea. I've had both and they were tasty. Both 50 to 70 a bottle where I am though. So save it for a special day.
 
2021-12-06 2:52:50 PM  
It depends on where you shop. Prior to the pandemic it was worth going out of my way to go to Trader Joes to get Col. E.H. Taylor bourbon but sadly it seems my local no longer carries it. I've been settling for Makers Mark since then and that's good enough for me, I guess.
 
2021-12-06 2:53:30 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: [Fark user image image 200x300]
My personal favorite is Henry McKenna 10 year single barrel bottled in bond.  Are you looking for something in a specific price range?


That's good.  My standard is Maker's Mark but sometimes I change it up with McKenna though IIRC it has a higher proof and not as mellow.
 
2021-12-06 2:54:09 PM  
I forgot to mention, if you want something interesting and complex, try Yellowstone.
 
2021-12-06 2:54:43 PM  
I have consistently found the best bourbon to be the one someone else is pouring for me.

You did say "Bourbon",,,
/ According to US Trade Legislation, a "bourbon" is a type of whiskey where the "mashbill"-which is the recipe of grains used to produce the whiskey-consists of 51% - 80% corn. Typically, distillers use approximately 70% corn content and are free to choose other grains for the remainder of the mashbill.
//but wait, there's more https://www.bourboncountry.com/a​ll-abo​ut-bourbon/what-is-bourbon/
 
2021-12-06 2:55:24 PM  
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2021-12-06 3:00:26 PM  
Eagle Rare 10 year.
 
2021-12-06 3:01:01 PM  
I'm partial to this:
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2021-12-06 3:04:28 PM  
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2021-12-06 3:04:36 PM  
What did you call me?
 
2021-12-06 3:08:35 PM  
I prefer the term "sobriety-challenged" thank you very much.
 
2021-12-06 3:10:17 PM  

Combustion: Both 50 to 70 a bottle where I am though. So save it for a special day.


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2021-12-06 3:11:30 PM  
I've tried a large handful, and my favorite and now my go-to is Woodford Reserve.
 
2021-12-06 3:13:49 PM  
...what is a very good/good Bourbon?

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2021-12-06 3:14:07 PM  
I just want to say that it's because of all you assholes that Woodford is so expensive now.

Cheers! To you, assholes! I would not want to drink with any other group of assholes!

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2021-12-06 3:14:12 PM  

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Whisky Advocate magazine 2019 whisky of the year.  Very tasty.


Big fan of their rye
 
2021-12-06 3:26:30 PM  
Was chatting with a floor walker at the local liquor barn and he was telling me about this stuff...

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It's a blend apparently but it won a few blind taste tests and is really affordable (only $20 - I think it's a blend).
It's not the prettiest label I've ever seen, but it's on my list.

If you're looking to impress with a nice, pretty bottle make the bar look cool, then I'd say buy him Blanton's
 
2021-12-06 3:30:28 PM  

AdmirableSnackbar: dionysusaur: Buffalo Trace or Woidford Reserve are my top two.  Never had any of the real high-dollar stuff, though.

Bulleit is also good, as is Suntory (Japanese whiskey). I do agree with Ron Swanson that Lagavulin is excellent, but it's much more expensive.


I found the Suntory tasted more like Scotch. It was one of my pandemic 'what the heck the world is ending tomorrow anyway' purchases.

/Suntory gin is great btw
 
2021-12-06 3:32:25 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: If you're looking for more mid-shelf: Basil Hayden is nice and smooth


Yep, I'm a huge fan of their dark rye
 
2021-12-06 3:49:18 PM  
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2021-12-06 4:02:51 PM  
Not technically a bourbon since it's made in Colorado, but if you like bourbon I strongly recommend Stranahan's. One of the few higher priced whiskies I've tried that really is worth the price.
 
2021-12-06 4:09:05 PM  
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New favorite.
 
2021-12-06 4:14:40 PM  

leviosaurus: Not technically a bourbon since it's made in Colorado, but if you like bourbon I strongly recommend Stranahan's. One of the few higher priced whiskies I've tried that really is worth the price.


The Kentucky thing is a myth. Bourbon can be made anywhere in the U.S.
 
2021-12-06 4:37:54 PM  

Badmoodman: ...what is a very good/good Bourbon?

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Pinch hitting...

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2021-12-06 4:38:06 PM  
Jefferson Ocean
 
2021-12-06 4:41:17 PM  

AdmirableSnackbar: dionysusaur: Buffalo Trace or Woidford Reserve are my top two.  Never had any of the real high-dollar stuff, though.

Bulleit is also good, as is Suntory (Japanese whiskey). I do agree with Ron Swanson that Lagavulin is excellent, but it's much more expensive.


I've been dying to try some Japanese whiskey.
 
2021-12-06 4:43:21 PM  
Go to a whiskey bar and try a bunch of different labels. You will find what you like.

That's the only way.  You can't rely on my taste or any other Farkers.
 
2021-12-06 4:48:00 PM  
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2021-12-06 4:48:34 PM  

Myk-House of El: Badmoodman: ...what is a very good/good Bourbon?

Pedro:

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Pinch hitting...

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I never got over macho grande.
 
2021-12-06 4:50:28 PM  
i'm a few years into my journey with bourbon. I always looked at the differences between bourbon the same way I looked at beers. Initially drinking beer it was the cheap stuff: coors, natty and the occasional Leinenkugel. I remember scoffing at someone drinking a two hearted because the first time i tried it, i thought it tasted awful. Within about three years, i noticed that the beer i was drinking was bad and started to like more of the heavy beers- including two hearted.

The thing that I have found with bourbon is that the cheap stuff does just fine for me. Knob Creek, Woodford, Bulleit and Four Roses have been great drinks. My buddy is a huge bourbon snob and I can't honestly tell you the taste difference those and the ones he spent big bucks on. That said, I bought a Yellowstone Select about three months ago and it tasted like gasoline. I literally poured it out.
 
2021-12-06 4:56:55 PM  
My current whiskey array is Larceny, Suntory, and Glenlivit - all of them very good and different enough from each other to keep it interesting... I need to get another bottle of this:
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Somehow the perfect combination of the boldness of whiskey and the flavor of scotch
 
2021-12-06 5:02:11 PM  

great_tigers: i'm a few years into my journey with bourbon. I always looked at the differences between bourbon the same way I looked at beers. Initially drinking beer it was the cheap stuff: coors, natty and the occasional Leinenkugel. I remember scoffing at someone drinking a two hearted because the first time i tried it, i thought it tasted awful. Within about three years, i noticed that the beer i was drinking was bad and started to like more of the heavy beers- including two hearted.

The thing that I have found with bourbon is that the cheap stuff does just fine for me. Knob Creek, Woodford, Bulleit and Four Roses have been great drinks. My buddy is a huge bourbon snob and I can't honestly tell you the taste difference those and the ones he spent big bucks on. That said, I bought a Yellowstone Select about three months ago and it tasted like gasoline. I literally poured it out.


Check that, I had woodinville.
 
2021-12-06 5:12:36 PM  

dionysusaur: Buffalo Trace or Woidford Reserve are my top two.  Never had any of the real high-dollar stuff, though.


I'll only drink bourbon in an Old Fashioned. Had to go to three liquor stores to find Buffalo Trace

/ok sometimes in a whiskey sour as well
 
2021-12-06 5:15:35 PM  

Myk-House of El: Badmoodman: ...what is a very good/good Bourbon?

Pedro:

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All suggestions early on were excellent recommendations then someone dirt bagged Van Winkle's (Really good. Absolutely not worth the price but don't turn down a free dram) and then the suggestions got ..... anyway ...

Manuel Geronimo Mota. Great man. Good ball player. He could bunt the eyes out of the ball and has to be considered one of the best in the history of this league. And his "wind up" in the box looked like he was chopping wood!

On topic: no FireWater anymore for me, prolly because I built a huge wall out of Woodford Reserve bottles. NEVER got heartburn.
 
2021-12-06 5:25:34 PM  
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2021-12-06 6:25:46 PM  
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2021-12-06 6:36:12 PM  
I like four roses small batch.

I don't really drink much, though.
 
2021-12-06 6:55:47 PM  
I like JW Black and Dewars as well as OGD wait, what did subby call us? Takes one to know one, take that, although I don't really think that's true.
 
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