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Aug 12, 2014 02:38 PM

What are some good higher proof bourbons that aren't expensive, like Evan Williams?

Just wondering, all I've had was Evan Williams black label and for the price it was actually pretty good for a mixer.

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  1. Knob Creek Reserve
    Old Granddad 114

    For a bit more Money
    George T. Stagg, 64.1%
    Sazerac 18 year old
    Eagle Rare 17 year old

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    1. re: chefj

      The Sazerac 18 yr old is 80 proof, and it is nearly impossible to find.

      You are thinking of the Thomas Handy Sazerac which is the barrel proof version of the Sazerac 6 yr (around 130 proof) - and not much easier to find.

      1. re: chefj

        These are all more expensive than EW. Some like almost twice as much

        1. re: TroyTempest

          EW is not a High Proof which is why it is much cheaper other than Wild Turkey 101 you will be hard pressed to find a high proof Bourbon for the same price.
          Expensive is a subjective term the first three are moderately priced
          What are your picks? Anything to contribute?

          1. re: chefj

            I missed the "higher proof" part of the OP. You're right, higher the proof, higher the cost.
            You know, EW is my bourbon of choice around the house. Fortunately, I like EW, and if i want a bourbon drink I usually have it. Occasionally, I'l splurge and get Knob Creek or Wild Turkey, but for my palate, the taste isn't really worth the price difference.
            I'm usually more of a gin or scotch drinker.

            1. re: TroyTempest

              Addendum. I had a lot of Woodford Reserve at a friend's house about a month ago, and while it was good, to me it wasn't worth the price difference.

              1. re: TroyTempest

                I agree with your assessment 100 percent!

        1. re: tomjb27

          Second that suggestion -- as long as you can find it.

          1. re: zin1953

            Good point. It has been harder and harder to find. I stumbled upon some on vacation recently, but my local sources have been out lately. I hope this isn't the new norm for OWA.

            1. re: tomjb27

              That may be the new norm for OWA, unfortunately. It is a product of the Sazerac Group/Buffalo Trace Distillery, and the same mash that goes into some of their prestige labels (William LaRue Weller Antique, retail $79, and the Van Winkle line, which Saz is now producing under contract for Julian Van Winkle). Word is that BT/Saz is holding back barrels that could be OWA to get more aged products for the Pappy and BT Antique lines.

        2. In my area, Knob Creek Reserve and Booker's go for quite a bit more than OGD 114 or other "budget" bourbons.

          I'd suggest in the under $30 range:
          Old Grand-dad Bottled-in-Bond (100 proof)
          Old Grand Dad 114
          Wild Turkey 101
          Elijah Craig 12-year (94 proof, if memory serves)
          Evan Williams Single Barrel (usually 86 proof,but can vary with different bottlings)
          Old Weller Antique 107
          Old Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond (can be difficult to find, but 100 proof and usually under $20. Same profucer as Evan Williams and Elijah Craig)
          Bulleit - this is under $25 in my area and pretty good. I've heard it can cost more elsewhere.

          I'm sure there are plenty more I'm drawing a blank on at the moment, but I often keep several of these bottles at home all the time.

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          1. re: carnicero

            i thought evan williams single barrel was more of a sipping bourbon

          2. I pay $16.99 for a 1.75L of Evan Williams black label. You might try Jim Beam Black, same proof as Evan Williams, $26.99 for a 1.75L. (California prices)

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            1. re: BeefeaterRocks

              ive never really been a big fan of jim beam,ive always liked wild turkey or buffalo trace better

              1. re: Jack2

                Buffalo Trace is a nice bourbon, but at least $10 higher than EW Black in my part of the world [Central Iowa]. I hate to admit this, but my best friend and I bought a bottle of Rebel Yell on a whim. It turned out to be decent, especially as a mixer. It was in the price range of EW Black.