Re: Bourbon Thread
I'm not a bourbon snob, but I did eventually acquire a taste for it like a Kentucky gentleman ought. I'm not all that much of a drinker so when I do have a bottle on hand it's decent stuff. And I rarely mix anymore; if it's not good enough to drink neat, it's not worth buying. Having said that, I rarely drink it neat except for initial tasting. Most bourbons taste better to me once there's a melting ice cube or two in the glass.
The most frequent choice is Maker's Mark. I'm not sure I can defend this solely on taste, but I grew up in the middle of the bourbon zone (and not that recently); Maker's was the old-school boutique brand before such a thing was commonplace, and I loved the distillery and the craftsmanship it represented. So it's nostalgia as much as the product.
The go-to inexpensive choice is Four Roses, the regular label. As good as many things ten bucks a bottle more. I've heard Evan Williams Single Barrel is really good for the money (low $20s) but haven't tried it yet.
The sweetest price point for me is around $30-35 where Woodford Reserve, Maker's 46, Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare etc. reside. I rarely see the need to spend more. When I do, I generally enjoy the bourbon but don't see the need to get it again once having sampled, e.g. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. The exception is Angel's Envy. I really liked that one and will buy it again.
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