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1. Woodford Reserve - with the right amount of ice, it has a smooth complex caramel-like flavor which evolves from sipping, to savoring, to swallowing.
2. Knob Creek - a close second to Woodford. Its not quite as complex.
3. Old Charter 12 - perhaps the best bang for the buck. Equally good on ice or mixed with coke. I hear there used to be a Old Charter 18 which was mighty fine. But I wouldn't know :(
4. Maker's Mark - the flavor is quite unique. Unique isn't always great though. But this one is tops for mixing with coke.
5. Bulleit - its just bourbon. Its ok. Not super or anything.
6. Buffalo Trace - about the same as Bulleit. It will do, but not spectacular.
Honorable mention - Pappy Van Winkle. I've never had any. But it is supposed to be glorious.
And now for my favorite bourbon cocktail - the Manhattan.
2 parts bourbon
1 part sweet vermouth
dash of bitters (I've only tired Angostura Bitters)
Shake or stir with ice, strain the ice out, drink
Now the higher the rye content is in the bourbon, the better the better the Manhattan will be.
So far, my best Manhattan has been made with Jim Beam Rye. It just clicked with the other ingredients for a very smooth and flavorful cocktail.
Most recently, I've tried Manhattans made with Bulleit Rye. Bleh! Bullet Rye is 95 proof. Its just way too hot for making cocktails. Sort of like Dave's Insanity Sauce. Most spirits that are much over 80 proof seem to be novelty items where quality is secondary (except 90 proof Sailor Jerry spice rum).
Sazerac is a bourbon that is high in rye. It might make a good Manhattan, but I've never tried a Saz Manhattan. But I do love the Sazzerac cocktail..which is a slightly different cocktail, made with Sazerac of course.
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1. Woodford reserve
(Second is not even close; totally agree with your assessment)
2. Basil Hayden
3. Makers' Mark
5. Knob Creek
Old charter 8-year old for the tailgating/all-dayers.
Woodford Double Oaked, Woodford, wild turkey rare breed, wild turkey 101, old forester, early times, Russell's reserve
I live in Birmingham and the weekend of the BBVA bowl game the bars couldn't believe how many people were asking for old charter. Pretty funny. It's a Mississippi thing.
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I keep a bottle of Gentleman Jack in the freezer. Pours out thick, and no ice needed.
Pappy Van Winkle (15 yr and up) is un-be-lievable.
I like that too. But it isn't bourbon. Jack and George Dickel (and their premium varieties) are Tennessee Whiskey. They are the only Tennessee Whiskeys.
I like George Dickel Select a lot. Even more than Gentleman. Haven't tied Jack Single Barrell though.
Try Evan Williams Single Barrel.
In no particular order
The Jefferson Presidential (I believe they still have a few bottles at madison colony wine market worth a buy just for the history).
Any four roses LE I just got the 2012 and holy shit it hasn't dissapointed
Black maple Hill
Blanton's is on the list even though it's been hit and miss with the bottles I've had, though when you do get a bottle its as good as any
And I know this isn't a bourbon but it's part of the buffalo trace antique collection so I'm counting it. Sazarec rye 18 is amazing
I had a glass of the pappy 15 and it was great but I don't think there is a whiskey out there that could live up to the hype that line gets.
The one I've had the most fun with lately is a baby bourbon. Hudson Valley baby bourbon is the name I believe. First true bourbon out of NY or something like that
Bulleit is to bourbon as Laphroig is to scotch. Except I love Laphroig but hate Bulleit. Too much rye for my taste. It is a great deal for what it is though. If rye suits your pallet, I recommend.
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve is heavenly. It was a good buy until the hipsters caught onto it. The price has been driven way up bc of the popularity. Find a friend willing to share...hah!
Haha granted Pappy Van Winkle did sort of blow up overnight and now its the big thing. I don't know if that's on hipsters. If anything the limited supply and the mystique around stitzel-weller distillery made pappy van winkle famous. Hipsters usually take shitty stuff and make them popular, like pabst.
Totally pointless argument aside, Pappy is good but there are better bourbons that are easier to find and cheaper. Similar to craft beer, right now is a pretty exciting time for people getting into different whiskys.
He anybody here tried Stagg? I hear it mentioned with Pappy.
I'm going to use your advice from the earlier reply. I used "hipster" as a blanket statement for folks catching on to a fad in the bourbon world. All walks of life are buying into some pappy these days. I'm glad they are seeing the demand bc it's great stuff, but I'm being priced out of the market!
And speaking of craft beer, that's my wheel house. You guys tried Lucky Town yet? Some good Bulldogs are running that show. Solid brew...
I'm a Jack guy. I was given a few bottles of Jack single barrel select at a show a couple months back. Good stuff.
Has anyone tried that Gold Coast whiskey made in Gluckstadt? I know nothing about it, but heard it was an un-aged bourbon.
Stagg is arguably better than pappy van winkle but from my experience only slightly easier to find.
Any time you can get a bourbon thats part of the buffalo trace antique collection buy it on sight because it will likely become the best bourbon in your collection the full list is:
Eagle rare 17
Thomas H handy
sazarec rye 18
George T Stagg
William L Weller
All of them are great and I couldn't really pick a favorite out of them but yea they are all comparable if not better than pappy and easier to find
I know man I hate it last Bottle I saw was pappy 23 and it was in sale in some dinky store in DC for 450$. The crazy part is when I walked by the store the next day the bottle was gone someone had spend that money for a bottle of bourbon.
The cool thing about bourbon is you can get the best of the best for pretty cheap meaning you can sample around and end up with a great collection without going completely broke all of the bourbons I've mentioned in this thread minus pappy are from 30-70$
Seeing that pappy and knowing someone paid 450 for it made me sick.
I knew they were producing aged spirits. Problem is it takes 10 years or more to complete that process.
The sceptic in me thinks they are selling some in-aged stuff because that is all they have.
That said, "cultured fine jewels" are in fact real jewels, but they were made using laboratory processes which sped up nature's process to make that stuff over eons of years.
I don't know why people haven't figured out how to use modern labs to quickly make something that is identical or better than what has traditionally been made over many years in a wooden barrel.
I may try and get a bottle to try, just cause its a Mississippi whiskey. The Cat head vodka was ok, but I'm not a vodka person. Just like having something from Mississippi around here in Nashville. I turned a lot of people here onto Lazy Magnolia, though I don't care for it myself.
I like Lazy Mag Southern Pecan.
And I'm not a vodka guy either, but I thought Cathead was pretty good. Better than Absolut.
Charter 8 or Buffalo Trace for every-days or football games.
Knob leads the way for having a drink before and after supper, although Woodfords, Makers, Baker's, Craig are close. Surprisingly, despite the name, Fighting Cock is smooth
Southern Comfort for sipping out back around a fire telling lies
Bookers when you want to feel the burn
Jim Beam when drinking just for the hell of it
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