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12-09-2008, 06:14
My friend turns 21 in a few weeks and I'd like to get him a decent bottle as a present. He's semi into bourbon but he's only really had Beam and a few pours off my shelf and he's a big JD fan. I'm trying to educate him ahead of our stop off in Bardstown next Summer, any suggestions?

Also if it helps, I'll probably be using this website (http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/) and have a budget of around £30.


12-09-2008, 07:21
You have two choices you can buy him a really expensive bourbon or make a real bourbon drinker out of him and buy him wild turkey :cool: .

12-09-2008, 07:22
From that site and with your price range I would recommend Knob Creek. It is made by Beam and is the kind of bourbon (packaging, proof, etc.) that people get excited about. I am not a huge fan of the taste, but I don't really like Beam products that much. It is a pretty "manly" bourbon.

If you are wanting to introduce him to something that is easy to sip on I would recommend the Elmer T. Lee, Maker's Mark (this is another one that has a lot of fan appeal making it a bouron people can get in to), Buffalo Trace or Weller 7 yo

12-09-2008, 11:28
My recommendations

Eagle Rare 10 year 28.99
Elmer T Lee 29.99
Old Weller Antique 7 24.99
WL Weller 7 19.99
WL Weller 12 32.99 (my #1 choice)
Wild Turkey 12 30.99

12-09-2008, 14:52
I second both the

Wild Turkey 12yr


Old Weller Antique

12-09-2008, 16:55
Eagle Rare or Old Weller Antique. Joe

Dr. François
12-09-2008, 20:34
I suggest these two:

Elijah Craig 12


Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year Old (not 10 star)

The EC12 wins on the presentation front. Flavor wise, you'd find devotees in both camps on this site.

EC12 is one of my favorite bourbons.

12-10-2008, 06:36
Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year Old (not 10 star)

That would be one to pick up in Kentucky, because I'm thinking they're the same whiskey with a different label in other markets (outside KY):

12-11-2008, 08:30
Had to come back to correct myself, having misread that blog post. Re-reading, it never says same whiskey with a different label, so apologies for that and consider yourself lucky if you can get a bottle of the ten year old in the UK.