Great idea for a thread. Especially to compliment the existing scotch thread. I'm by no means an expert myself.
I have to say, I think Buffalo Trace for the price is excellent. It took a while, but it's finally sold in a fair number of liquor stores here (though it's still harder to find in bars out here).
I have a bottle of Buffalo Trace's Single Oak Project that I have yet to crack open. If you're unfamiliar, it's pretty interesting. You can read about it here: http://www.singleoakproject.com/
. The gist of it is that some years back, they decided to cut a tree and do 192 different barrels all from different parts of the tree, making for 192 unique bourbons that are being released over a period of years (obviously a limited run for each barrel). You can then rate it on their site and give a review. The barrel # that is highest rated at the end will then be manufactured in the future using the same specs as that barrel and will be available on a wide scale. Not cheap however. A 375 ML bottle is around $55 (only size it comes in). Bottles are numbered with the barrel number.
One of my favorites is the Hudson Baby Bourbon. It's the first (and maybe only?) bourbon to be distilled in New York with 100% NY corn. It's excellent, but it's not cheap either. It's around $40-45 for a 375 ML (the only size it comes in). Every bottle is hand numbered as well. Not sure if it's available in Ohio and other parts of the country not on the east coast, but if it is, it's well worth it.