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Oct 14, 2007 12:38 AM

What bourbon are you drinking these days?

My favorite of the moment is Wathens. Unfortunately, I killed the bottle at my local watering hole, but that just meant that they poured me something else (I was introduced to Blanton's this evening and was duly impressed.)

So which bourbon are you reaching for?

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  1. I'm back onto Knob Creek right now. And a bottle of 18 yo Sazerac Rye.

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    1. re: ccbweb

      Woodford Reserve. Most excellent bourbon.

      1. re: greglor

        Agreed. WR has to be one of the best out there.

      2. re: ccbweb

        Anything from the Small Batch distillery portion of Jim Beam is downright excellent. I've come to enjoy Baker's and Basil Hayden's a bit more than Knob Creek, but one would hope so with the price difference. They are both some of the smoothest, deepest-flavored bourbons that I have tasted.

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      3. The Wathen's website doesn't say much, does it? Check out for much more info on Wathen's Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey.

        For more on Blanton's, check out

        And for KNob Creek,

        1. Tried a bottle of Bulleit recently, thought that was pretty decent, had some good character for the price. Now that fall has returned to New England, I'm also mixing Maker's Mark into unpasteurized sweet cider on a regular basis.

          Mostly, thought, I'm drinking straight rye when I want a whiskey these days.

          I also bought a bottle of the Wild Turkey Honey Liqueur not long ago, which is bourbon based. I found it cloyingly sweet and syrupy, along the lines of a Drambuie without as much herbal/spice interest. An interesting experiment, but not something I would buy again.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I've been a bourbon drinker for years. Never got into the high end stuff unless I go out. At home I always just bought Jim Beam, but awhile back the price started going up and I gave Evan Williams a try and have pretty much stuck to it. I actually like it better and at 10 bucks a bottle cheaper it sealed the deal.

            1. re: Eric in NJ

              I'll have to give Evan Williams a shot. Bulleit is only about $15-20, so a pretty good value, in my book. Nice-looking packaging for a bottle that isn't priced like a super-premium, too.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                As for rye, what do folks recommend? I just finished a bottle of Michter's US1 Straight Rye (and posting to Chowhound ... woo hoo!)

                1. re: Sgt Snackers

                  Rittenhouse, Sazerac, and Old Overholt. I think the Anchor offerings are way overpriced.

                  1. re: Sgt Snackers

                    I like the Jim Beam Rye (yellow label) and their high-end "baker's" rye.

                    1. re: cornFusion

                      i had a tough time w/ the yellow label, but i'm a big fan of basil hayden's

                    2. re: Sgt Snackers

                      Templeton Rye, supposed to be made with a recipe that was Al Capones favorite. Delicious.

                      1. re: corneygirl

                        Can't say enough about Templeton Rye. Great stuff

                  2. re: Eric in NJ

                    A bourbon gal. Like Beam, Evan, love Makers, tried some high end, but can't afford it. Many friends are Bourbon drinkers so high end I can't afford. Makers is good, but Evan every day is fine. Jack now and then.

                    Raised in Dearborn Detroit MI, but still a country gal. Shots of Jack with a beer chaser. Bea Rye or Jack Raye someone mentioned, not bad either. Knob is ok too.

                    1. re: Eric in NJ

                      Jim Beam Distillers Series is a 7 yr old whisky bottled at 90 proof. I buy it at Sam's Club for $9.81 a bottle. It is better than regular JB, as good as JB Black, and I think they may be using that for the Costco bourbon. JB is okay. Wild Turkey is okay, Jack Daniels is only good in coke. I like Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Blantons, Eagle Rare 17 yr old, Stagg, Pappy VanWinkel, Jefferson something, 1792 or something like that. Oh yeah, Four Roses has several in the $25-40 range worth taking a look at. I like to try different bourbons. I have approx. 10 bottles in my cabinet. I don't drink bourbon every nite but maybe after a full meal or when company is over. The Costco bourbon is decent and if they didn't see where it came from I am sure they would drink it down and accept a refill! Sounds like some people who write reviews are bourbon snobs. There is bourbon I do not like - anything from Evan Williams. Do not like it at all.

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Bulleit is by far my bourbon of choice these days. It has a bold flavor but is still smooth, which is really hard to pull off. My local store has it for about the same price as a bottle of Makers Mark or Knob Creek.

                        1. re: itsrob

                          Here in SF I get Bulleit (both the rye and the bourbon) for $20.99, but MM is about $27. I really enjoy the Bulleit more.

                          1. re: cosmogrrl

                            I can get Bulleit Bourbon for about $5-8 less than Maker's Mark [and I think it is better as well].

                        2. re: MC Slim JB

                          Somebody bought me a shot of the honey liqueur on my 21st birthday and I haven't seen it anywhere since. I remember thinking the same thing.

                        3. Only bourbon I had in months is a Hirsch. Truly nectar suitable for a God.

                          That should change, as I really do not drink much of any whiskey from May to November.

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                          1. re: Captain

                            That should change also due to the Hirsch distillery having closed a few years back. From what I understand, it's the current stock and that's it.

                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                              The distillery is closed, and it has been clseod for a long time. I think there is still enough that you could find a few bottles around. I recall reading that a goood amount of it's final products was stashed away for sale at some time in the future. I think that time began a few years ago, but think it's still available. When the supply will run out is not something I can tell you.

                              Anyway, I have two unopened bottles, so it should be a while before I run out.

                              Otherwise, you may soon find me drinking Van Winkle or Evan Williams, some single malts, or Irish whiskey, particularly Red Breast and Green Spot, is a favorite. I was lucky enough to have sips of both that were made in the now closed Bow Street Distillery, which is now a museum in Dublin. That ancient Green Spot was heaven.

                              Evan Williams is to me taste a good product that is reasonably priced. Van Winkle's whiskeys are almsot always very good.

                              1. re: Captain

                                I have a few bottles of the old Hirsch but I think it's mostly marketing hype. New Hirsch is available but that's even more marketing hype.

                                1. re: JMF

                                  I agree about the new Hirsch, but the old stuff I really like.

                                2. re: Captain

                                  My current favorite daily pour is W.L. Weller 12 year old 90 proof in their new bottle. Also, Four Roses single barrel 100 proof is very good. A few others I rotate are Old Bardstown 90, Elmer T. Lee 90 and Buffalo Trace 90.

                                  1. re: Captain

                                    Note to Captain and Sauce Supreme. If you might be interested in trading or selling your old bottles of Hirsch, let me know. I've always heard about it, but never tried it.

                                    Thanks and sorry if this isn't allowed, I'm new. I found this thread by searching for Hirsch.

                                    1. re: sionilli69

                                      You can order the 16 year online at Astor for $ 117 a bottle plus shipping.


                                        1. re: sionilli69

                                          I bought my bottles as Astor, linked above. I've had it at the bar in a few places in NYC. Not trading either bottle.

                              2. Ridgemont Reserve 1792. Just shy of 100 proof but it is smooth. I've probably tried at least a dozen different bourbons within the last year and this ranks up with the best.