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New Bourbon Thread: The Main Forum Club

John Wayne

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Please find below some helpful information. We will update, add and refine as we go along.

Note: Bourbon availability varies. Some are common in some areas and rare in others:

Entry Level Bourbon Under $30: Bolded we highly recommend and are well regarded in the drinking world. Not bolded, we recommend
Four Roses Small Batch
Bulleit
Wild Turkey 101
Woodford Reserve
Buffalo Trace (hard to find in some areas)
1792
Makers Mark - Wheat
Old Gran Dad 114 or 69
Elijah Craig

Jefferson
Weller Special Reserve (Green Label) – (hard to find in some areas) Wheat

Common Bourbon $30-$50:
Jefferson's Reserve
Russell's Reserve 10
Old Scout - Smooth Ambler
Eagle Rare
Michter's (including American Whiskey)
Four Roses Single Barrel
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof
Bulleit 10 Year

Rowan’s Creek
Noah’s Mill

Common Bourbon $50-$100:
Four Roses Single Barrel Select Barrel Proof (most prefer the "OE" batches, but all are good)

Barrell Bourbon – Infinity & Cask
High West Bourye
EH Taylor Small Batch (40-55)

Buy on Sight (price ranges listed) (Underlined if super rare)
High West Midwinter Night's Dram
& Yippee Ki Yay (80-100)
Blanton's & Blanton’s Gold (55-75)
Old Forester 1910 (55-65)
Old Forester Birthday (100-120)
Barrell Bourbon - Dovetail (80-100)
Elmer T Lee (40-60)
John J Bowman Single Barrel (50-60)
McKenna 10 (35-55)
Michter’s 10 (120-150)
Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel (50-60)
Parker's Heritage any (150-170)
Weller Antique 107 (Red Label) (50-65)
Peerless Bourbon (70-90)
Weller 12yr (Black Label) (40-60)
Stagg Jr (50-70)
Weller Full Proof (Blue Lable) and CYPB (60-80)
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (60-75)
Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (I believe msrp on all is $99)
William Larue Weller
Sazarac 18
Thomas H. Handy
Eagle Rare 17
George T Stagg
Pappy Val Winkle (Good luck finding!)
PVW 23 (300-400)
PVW 20 (200-300)
PVW 15 (120-200)
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 (70-90) & ORVW Family Reserve 12 (80-100)
Caribou Crossing (very similar to Blantons) (50-65)
EH Taylor Single Barrel (65-80)

Maybe Try Something Else

I.W. Harper (Regular & 15 Year)
Rabbit Hole for the price
Whistle Pig for the price
Orphan Barrel for the price
Town Branch
Rebel Yell
Evan Williams (non-single barrel)


The 5 Bourbon Commandments

1. It must be made in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be made in Kentucky, although 95 percent of the world’s supply is.

2. Aging must take place in a new, charred, oak barrel. Whiskey can be aged in used barrels and often is. The bourbon must be aged for at least two years to be considered a straight bourbon.

3. The mash must be at least 51 percent corn.

4. The whiskey cannot enter the barrel at higher than 125 proof. It cannot enter the bottle at a proof less than 80.

5. Nothing can be added but water and only to lessen the proof when necessary. Other whiskeys can add color and flavor. Not bourbon, it must be au naturel.
 

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Buddy letting me borrow his kubota
I need a 50-75$ of good stuuf. Tag me on what to buy please. I was thinking Eagle reserve maybe.
 

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While in savannah I got my hands on a bottle of Yellowstone Limited release.

Pretty good stuff.
 

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I'm not sure where to start here, but I know I LOVE me some bourbon on the rocks. If there is some Buffalo Trace available I'll drink that all day. Otherwise, gimmie some Makers Mark, Bullit, Woodford, or Basil Hadens.
 

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One of the cheapest and best is Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch. Ranges $15-20.
 

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I'm not a huge bourbon drinker, but do like it from time to time. Good list OP.

My 2 cents is that Four Roses Small Batch is the best for the money, and as good as bourbons that cost 3x as much. One of the few cheap ones that I just find delicious.
 

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What is the board ruling on Legent? It is a Kentucky bourbon finished with Japanese style sherry barrels. I find it fantastic for he price..$35.
 

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Buddy of mine got me Smooth Ambler Contradiction for Christmas. I haven't opened it yet. Was wondering if anyone has ever tried it. I'm still working on my Buffalo Trace.
 

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Buddy of mine got me Smooth Ambler Contradiction for Christmas. I haven't opened it yet. Was wondering if anyone has ever tried it. I'm still working on my Buffalo Trace.

My brother in law is obsessed with bourbon, and can afford all the good stuff. He gave me a bottle of that a couple years ago for Christmas. I found it to be delicious. I don't have the palate to describe it well, but it was very good and very smooth drinking.
 

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My brother in law is obsessed with bourbon, and can afford all the good stuff. He gave me a bottle of that a couple years ago for Christmas. I found it to be delicious. I don't have the palate to describe it well, but it was very good and very smooth drinking.
Appreciate the response. I think I'll save it for the annual golf trip.
 

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Won Best Bourbon DOUBLE GOLD in 2019 - almost as hard to get as Pappy Van Winkle - IRONSONE.COM
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I think it’s tripled in size since then.
Where do you find all of those? Getting them in stores or online razzes etc? A lot of them are fairly available, but quite a few of them aren't very available, unless you're willing to pony up full secondary prices. At least in Vegas that's how it is.
 

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Eagle Rare 17 is so good. Just can never find it.
Got a bottle in 2017. Buddy of mine is a distributor and had hell finding me a bottle. Cost me $200 and was the best liquor I’ve ever drank. Saved it for special occasions.

when my nephew got married. When my uncle passed and when my cousin passed.
 

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Where do you find all of those? Getting them in stores or online razzes etc? A lot of them are fairly available, but quite a few of them aren't very available, unless you're willing to pony up full secondary prices. At least in Vegas that's how it is.
I started about 10 years ago. On my days off touring with bands, I would go bourbon hunting and being fortunate enough to travel everywhere, I managed to find probably 90% of everything at retail. States like Oklahoma, Ohio, North Dakota, Kansas and Texas I have always pulled some great stuff in small off the beaten path towns.
 

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Got a bottle in 2017. Buddy of mine is a distributor and had hell finding me a bottle. Cost me $200 and was the best liquor I’ve ever drank. Saved it for special occasions.

when my nephew got married. When my uncle passed and when my cousin passed.
I would pay $200 all day long for a bottle of 17. Consider yourself a lucky man. People easily pay well over $1000 if they can find one.
 

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Had a great week last week. Picked up 2 1972 Aged 12 years, 2 Larceny Barrel Proofs, a Bardstown Discovery Series #4, a Buffalo Trace 1.75l and a case of Eagle Rare all for retail.
 

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South Florida. Boca area
I'll look around here. I live within spitting distance of about 8 distilleries in the Bardstown area of KY. Our liquor stores usually get some but most people around here don't buy the expensive stuff. If I get some you want me to get a bottle or 2 for you?
 
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