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hannibal
07-27-2010, 18:01
I'm from the western portion of this great bluegrass commonwealth. I am new to the forum but not really new to bourbon. However I am new to bourbon appreciation. Currently I have the following bottles in my collection:

Buffalo Trace
Maker's Mark
Old Forester Antique
Old Weller Signature
Bulliet Bourbon
Maker's 46

I am looking for a "primer" so to speak in the appreciation of bourbon. I have over the course of my life tried several of the cheaper bourbons, especially during my fraternity days. I'd like to stay within the state of Kentucky for my introduction to bourbon appreciation. I am planning on picking up some Four Roses Single Barrel this Friday. I currently live in a dry county so I have to travel a bit to pick up some liquid gold so I would like to pick up some less expensive bottles along with the Four Roses this weekend.

callmeox
07-27-2010, 18:05
Welcome to SB, you certainly have come to the right place.

Cheap KY bourbon that is worth drinking? We can do that!

Look for any of the Heaven Hill bottlings with that says BONDED on the label and also Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond.

If you're looking to explore the hidden gems on the mid to low shelf, you can't go wrong there.

hannibal
07-27-2010, 18:34
I'm planning on purchasing one mid range bottle and one low range bottle per paycheck. Every two weeks. Figure that won't hit my pocketbook hard and will allow me to build up a little stash and find my niche.

Bourbon Boiler
07-27-2010, 19:28
Welcome aboard. It may be more than what you want to spend at first, but I've been serving Blanton's to non-bourbon drinkers with a lot of success. 750 ml is about $55 here in Indiana. I have seen smaller bottles out there as well.

matthew0715
07-27-2010, 20:28
Welcome! My picks for some good value bourbons you should pick up are Wild Turkey 101 (ignore the 80 proof version) and Evan Williams Black Label.



Old Forester Antique
Old Weller Signature


Well, you either found some very rare items or, more likely, were typing too fast due to all the excitement here at SB.com.:lol: You do mean Old Forest Signature and Old Weller Antique don't you? I love the OWA, but have not seen OF Signature in these parts.

Keep us updated on your bourbon "journey."

hannibal
07-27-2010, 22:02
Yeah, that's actually what I meant. I opened the Old Forester tonight and had a glass. I actually enjoyed it more than most I've had.. The Buffalo Trace is an old friend that we found when needing budget bourbon for bourbon and cokes that didn't taste like gasoline.

Vosgar
07-27-2010, 22:09
Have to agree with Scott - anything with "Bonded" in it's name in KY is going to be good. You have some options the rest of us don't have.

Enjoy!

hannibal
07-27-2010, 22:18
You have some options the rest of us don't have.

Enjoy!

Great bourbon, bad education.

Actually sounds fair enough to me. Gotta love the bluegrass state.

PaulO
07-28-2010, 07:27
Welcome Hannibal, the Weller Antique and OF Signature are two particular favorites of mine. Worth trying and easy to find are Wild Turkey 101, and Old Grandad (bonded or 114). Anything that says bottled in bond is worth a try. Keep in mind that companies have multiple versions of what starts out as the same juice. Differences in price can be due to age, proof, single barrel... So if you find some bottom or mid shelf bourbon you like, then you can look for the fancier version. Have fun.

sgtgto
07-28-2010, 20:08
Do remember that Blantons is a single barrel offering, and while one may be the cats ass, another could be so-so. Just something to keep in mind. Welcome to the boards! I feel sorry for your wallet...

Jake

kickert
07-29-2010, 09:40
I'm from the western portion of this great bluegrass commonwealth. I am new to the forum but not really new to bourbon. However I am new to bourbon appreciation.

Where are you in WKY? I live in BG and you are more than welcome to come sample anything in my collection if you want. I also work at the local distillery in Bowling Green if you ever want to stop by.

hannibal
07-29-2010, 21:03
Just a little further to the west. Try Murray, KY area.

BourbonRob
07-31-2010, 19:14
You're lucky to be living in the meca of bourbon country... The last time I was there was like a kid in a candy store...

I agree with the bottled in bond suggestions, also, Ancient Ancient Age or Very Old Barton...

Also try pure Kentucky XO
rob

kickert
07-31-2010, 21:15
Just a little further to the west. Try Murray, KY area.

Well if you are ever in the area, just shout. I have good bourbon that is just waiting to be drank.

-bk