- Latinpig Jan 9, 2013 09:24 AM
I am a big fan of Bookers, Knob Creek Reserve, George T. Stagg and Thomas Handy. I like un-cut Bourbon and Rye when it is well done. However, they are usually expensive. Has anyone come accross a lower end (cost) version of this that still has some quality?
Old Grand-Dad 114 claims to be "barrel proof" and if you can find it is usually inexpensive. I've also heard it's really good for the money, but never seen it on the shelf before.
Most of the cheaper bourbons top out at 100 proof. Old Weller Antique is 107 proof, not straight from the barrel, but definitely a great deal and a good bourbon to boot.
I agree with Nickls that, in terms of high proof bourbons (though I'm not sure it's barrel proof), Old Grand-Dad 114 is excellent, and a great deal at $25
Wild Turkey Rare Breed is another good one at a reasonable price (around $35 or $40), but those two are about it in the under $50 range.
I would agree with the posters above, and add that if you have a Costco nearby, I quite like their Kirkland's brand Bourbon. It's 103 proof, 7 yr old Beam product. Some have speculated it is relabeled Baker's or Knob Creek, and at $20 for a liter is an excellent bargain.
Lat: I'm a light mixer bourbon drinker for the most part... and I've tasted all those you mention and many more, as I'm sure you have...
Bottom line is... taste them blind... that way you don't have any pre-conceived notions to sway you one way or the other.
And I've tasted so many of these blind... for my money you're not going to do much better than Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, and W.L. Weller basic white label. I'll accept the challenge, and put me to the test using these 3 as your blind baselines... if you can find better tasting bourbon that stands up to them blind, then I want to hear about it!
As for lower price but still has quality, Eagle Rare is under $30, BT usually under $20 and WLW basic is usualy under $15 about anywhere you go... drinking a BT now so if I'm making typos you know why :)