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cowdery
02-18-2013, 14:58
What's the best bourbon you can buy, where you are, for $10 or less? $20 or less? $30 or less? $40 or less? $50 or less?

Don't forget to tell us where you are.

750 ml bottle, price on the shelf (exclusive of added taxes).

If you want to do it for ryes too, be my guest.

Clavius
02-18-2013, 15:10
I'm in Lexington, KY. Here's my list:

$10 or less - Heaven Hill BIB White Label ($9.29)

$20 or less - OWA ($19.79)

$30 or less - Weller 12 ($24.99)

$40 or less - Knob Creek Single Barrel (about $35, I think)

$50 or less - Blanton's ($49.99)

JPBoston
02-18-2013, 15:22
In Glendale, AZ -

Under $10: Evan Williams Black -- $9.99 ($14.49 for a handle)

Under $20: OWA -- $18.99

Under $30: Knob Creek -- $27.99 (but OGD 114 at $21.99 and BT at $22.99 get honorable mention)

Under $40: 4RSmB was about $32 I believe, but is on sale for $29.99 right now so I may be 'cheating' on that.

Under $50: ORVW 107 -- $44.99 (though overpriced, imo)

I prefer the $20-$30 range thus far. Seems to be the point of diminishing returns, for my tastes. I haven't had any BTAC yet though (among others), so I still have some learnin' to do.

squire
02-18-2013, 15:23
Currently residing in a small University town in NE Mississippi.

$10 or less - 86 proof Barton (case discount, of course)

$20 or less - 100 proof Old Grand Dad (actually less than $15 with a case discount).

I can't say what I might choose in the other price ranges because I see no reason to pay more than $15.00.

Phil T
02-18-2013, 15:34
I'm in Ohio, but I buy most of my bottles in KY or IN..

$10- Heaven Hill BIB 6yr... $9.99

$20- OWA TPS SB... $18.90 when you buy a case//// Mellow Corn.. $19.69 for the family size

$30- FRSB TPS... $28.50 when you buy a case////Ritt BIB $21.99

$40- ORVW 107... $39.99

$50- any of the many FRSB private barreling I've had from TPS or Kahn's.... $49.99

Of course there are many others, especially in the $30 or less price point, that I really enjoy and drink regularly. The ones listed are my favorite

thiemb
02-18-2013, 15:52
In Chicago

$10 or less - I don't think I've ever bought a $10 or less 750ml bottle in Chicago. Very Old Barton 90 is probably the closest.

$20 or less - Larceny (does it still count if I only know of one place where its under $20?)

$30 or less - Weller 12

$40 or less - Four Roses Single Barrel

$50 or less - Rock Hill Farms

msk2718
02-18-2013, 16:04
In Chicago...
<$10: Benchmark Old Number 8 ($9.99)
$10.01-$20: shhh...* ($13.99)
$20.01-$30: Knob Creek ($29.99)
$30.01-$40: WTRB ($39.99)
$40.01-$50: WTKS ($49.99)


*VOB BIB

WAINWRIGHT
02-18-2013, 16:20
In the Quad Cities

Under $10-HH BIB Blk/Gld Lbl. $9.99

Under $20-OGD 114 $18.99 on sale,I always stock up at that price!:grin:

Under $30-W12 $26.99

Under $40-ORVW 10 107 $35.98 lowest price I saw this year,yes it sucks!

Under $50-Binny's FRSB OBSK and the last RHF I had as well at $45.99 thrown in for good luck!

smknjoe
02-18-2013, 16:26
Houston:

$10 - Barton
$20 - Buffalo Trace (19)
$30 - OGD 114 or EWSB or maybe OWA (21, 27, 25)
$40 - Elmer T. Lee ...hands down (33)
$50 - Jefferson's Reserve is the only under 50 over 40 I've had in a while. I'm sure there are many I haven't tried.

You guys that posted the Old Rip 10 - can you get that pretty regularly? Haven't seen it around here in a few years.

jcg9779
02-18-2013, 16:28
Under $20-OGD 114 $18.99 on sale,I always stock up at that price!:grin:

I'd buy it by the case!



Under $40-ORVW 10 107 $35.98 lowest price I saw this year,yes it sucks!

Way to rub it in, Ryan. $49.99 here in ATL.

OscarV
02-18-2013, 16:39
I'm in Lexington, KY. Here's my list:

$10 or less - Heaven Hill BIB White Label ($9.29)

$20 or less - OWA ($19.79)

$30 or less - Weller 12 ($24.99)

$40 or less - Knob Creek Single Barrel (about $35, I think)

$50 or less - Blanton's ($49.99)


Sounds like Lexington is the place to be.

MyOldKyDram
02-18-2013, 17:00
I'm in Lexington, KY. Here's my list:

$10 or less - Heaven Hill BIB White Label ($9.29)

$20 or less - OWA ($19.79)

$30 or less - Weller 12 ($24.99)

$40 or less - Knob Creek Single Barrel (about $35, I think)

$50 or less - Blanton's ($49.99)

Substitute the W12 for 4R 1B, and the Blantons for RHF and you've got my list.

ethangsmith
02-18-2013, 17:03
Manheim, Pennsylvania- the land of limited selection via the government owned "State Stores"

$10 or less- I have plenty of personal favorites, but they are not available in PA! Closest thing would be Heaven Hill white label.
$20 or less- Ezra Brooks black label 90
$30 or less- Elijah Craig 12
$40 or less- Wild Turkey Rare Breed or Knob Creek Rye
$50 or less- Again, not in PA. Maybe Booker's if you're into rocket fuel in a wood box....

Phil T
02-18-2013, 17:14
Chuck, you've started this thread and the apocalypse thread this month, but have not contributed your own thoughts..What say you??

Yeti
02-18-2013, 18:20
Charleston, WV

$10 - I'm a little embarrassed to say I've never bought any local bottles under $10, but I always pick up a few HH 6yr BIB when I'm in KY. I'll have to get something from the bottom shelf this week and see what happens.

$20 - Elijah Craig 12 is $19.99 around the corner year round. Used to be closer to $15.

$30 - Buffalo Trace at around $26.99

$40 - Maybe Knob Creek Single Barrel? $36.99 or so. Can also find FR1B and Baker's sometimes under $40.

$50 - Booker's at $45.99 no question. I try to always keep one at the house.

It should be noted that, at least at the moment, we have no OGD BIB or 114, no OWA or W12. One store has WSR for $25, $10 more than in KY. Very few of the big "value" pours, but we do have very low prices on a few things like EC12 and Booker's. Also some pretty great scotch prices, occasionally.

michaelturtle1
02-18-2013, 18:22
Kennett Square PA, pretty much where PA, DE , and MD connect
$10 or less- ND Old Taylor $8.99 and more available than the current stuff
$20 or less- WSR $15.99
$30 or less- WT 101 rye $23.99 still widely available in DE
$40 or less- honestly do not have one
$50 or less- High West Rendezvous $49.99 and tax free at one of my favorite haunts

TheOakMonster
02-18-2013, 19:36
Central NY
<$10: none available
<$20: Old Grand Dad 100
<$30: Elijah Craig 12
<$40: Wild Turkey Rare Breed
<$50: Blanton's (?) Price might be over $50 these days in NY

HighInTheMtns
02-18-2013, 22:45
I am in Salt Lake; these prices apply to every store in Utah. I am including only bottles that are readily available.

<$10: Three things here are available for less than ten bucks: Old Crow, Old Crow Reserve, and Evan Williams Green. The winner in this category is Evan Williams Green Label for $8.99, but I don't buy it.

<$20: Not many more things are available for under twenty. My choice is Evan Williams Black Label, which actually qualifies for the <$10 category this month 'cause it's on sale. Regular price is $11.99.

<$30: I was surprised when I actually looked at the list. There's not many more choices here either anymore. The winner for me is Buffalo Trace at $24.95 although Elijah Craig 12 at $22.99 is an extremely close second and my opinion might change with the next bottle of either.

<$40: The winner here for me is Wild Turkey Rare Breed at $34.99. I think Knob Creek at $33.99 is also a good choice.

<$50: My choice here is Wild Turkey Rare Breed. This category does add Blanton's at $49.95, but I will take Rare Breed over that. Booker's at $53.14 (yes $53.14) just misses this price range but I'd still take WTRB.

This was interesting. I was working from the state price list - I have a lot of bourbon already and I get a lot of it outside the state, so I don't buy these things here too often. I'm envious of you guys who can get OWA for less than $20 (or at all!) The main thing I took from this was that prices are increasing. I was really surprised at the things I expected to fall under $30 but ended up being in the under $40 category. Another couple observations: my choice of WTRB might well change whenever the new batch shows up... we'll see how that turns out. Heaven Hill offers great value. And I'm really glad that I have opportunities to get whiskey elsewhere.

Josh
02-19-2013, 04:43
$10 - Evan Williams BiB
$20 - VOB 90
$30 - Lots of good ones in this range: Elijah Craig 12, Old Grandad 114, Bowman Bros, OWA
$40 - Four Roses Single Barrel
$50 -Old Rip 107

I did a similar thing on my blog here: http://sipology.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/my-two-ounces-my-favorite-bourbons-under%e2%80%a6/

Brisko
02-19-2013, 06:05
Minneapolis/St Paul

<$10 - Old Heaven Hill 8 year, 86 proof. Quality is way up on this lately
<$20 - EC12 or Old Forester Signature
<$30 - OWA, OGD 114 and 4RSmB (all actually under $25)
<$40 - Knob Single Barrel
<$50 - Booker's (or RHF for the Beam haters)

T Comp
02-19-2013, 07:17
I'll use current Binny's pricing as they dominate the market here in Chicago and everything's listed on their site.

$10-None...the only 2 listed at $9.99 are Zackariah Harris and Benchmark 8 at $9.99. HH 90 proof 6 year bought in Kentucky is what I drink.
$20-Barton 6 year BIB
$30-OWA
$40-FRSB
$50-Booker's because I wouldn't pay the $49.99 for the current WTKS and Rare Breed is in the under $40 and loses to 4R.

petrel800
02-19-2013, 07:19
Atlanta, GA

Under $10 - Larceny ($19.99 - $10 Rebate, still have a couple local family members left to get the rebate)
Under $20 - AAA 10YR TPS ($18.99 - I travel a lot to Cincinnati, so I bring enough back to last between trips, shipping knocks it up into the next category)
Under $30 - Elmer T Lee ($26.99) close, close 2nd - Weller 12 (Typically I see it for $23.99 or $24.99 around town)
Under $40 - Four Roses Single Barrel (last bottle I bought in Atlanta was $34, but I see it around here from $38 to $42 typically)
Under $50 - I suppose I would put Rock Hill Farms (49.99) here, but I don't buy much in this price range, definitely some diminished value here. Typically I'll pass on this category and throw in an additional $20-$30 for some of the higher end releases.

White Dog
02-19-2013, 07:38
Under $10: Dixie Dew for $9.99. (Yeah, not a Bourbon.)

Under $20: Old Ezra 7yr for $16.99.

Under $30: OGD 114 for $21-$24.

Under $40: FR1B.

Under $50: Lot B

Smokewagon
02-19-2013, 10:48
$10 or less - Evan Williams Black
$20 or less - Weller 107
$30 or less - Tie: Larceny or OGD 114 (Both low to mid 20's)
$40 or less - Weller 12 (It's actually low to mid 30's around here! - if you can find it)
$50 or less - Weller 12 (I can't think of anything under $50, I'd rather have than Weller 12, over $50 is a different story.)

JPBoston
02-19-2013, 12:59
$10 or less - Evan Williams Black
$20 or less - Weller 107
$30 or less - Tie: Larceny or OGD 114 (Both low to mid 20's)
$40 or less - Weller 12 (It's actually low to mid 30's around here! - if you can find it)
$50 or less - Weller 12 (I can't think of anything under $50, I'd rather have than Weller 12, over $50 is a different story.)

Holy cow... W12 is either $19.99 or $21.99 out here.

sob0728
02-19-2013, 14:14
Twin Cities

<$10: Heaven Hill 8/86 $9.99
<$20: Buffalo Trace $17.99 or Maker's $19.99
<$30: Baker's $26.99 or WT Rare Breed $29.99
<$40: 4RSB $34.99 or WT Kentucky Spirit $37.99
<$50: Don't normally buy in this range, last year it was Lot B $49.99, went up to $59.99 this year though.

ER07
02-19-2013, 19:24
Chicago suburbs

<$10 - n/a
<$20 - OGD BIB
<$30 - Elmer T Lee
<$40 - Maker's 46
<$50 - Bookers

smokinjoe
02-19-2013, 20:08
I've tried, and tried, and tried, but I just can't answer this question definitively. :crazy: I have too many "bests", particularly in the <$20 to <$30 categories. But, I did have a revelation! Which made me feel really good. And that is, my choices in the higher categories like the <$40 and particularly the <$50 segments, were very limited. I did not include the one-offs and special releases, like PHC, BTAC, etc. After those, not much to choose from. But, I had dozens of choices I could select in the other, lower categories. So...Yey, US!!!!! :woohoo: Even though we've seen some price creep, we still have a great bargain with high quality whiskies in the bourbon aisle...

What a cathartic thread...:D

Cigar Dan
02-19-2013, 20:30
South Louisiana

<$10 Evan Williams BIB (White Label)
<$20 Weller 12
<$30 4R SmB
<$40 Wild Turkey Rare Bird
<$50 4R SB (TPS Private Barrel) OESQ is my current favorite

Lazer
02-19-2013, 21:03
NYC boroughs of queens and brooklyn.

<$10 I don't think any exists. EWB is at least $12 for a 750ml If you find one, usually at least in 1L bottles for $15 or so.
<$20 WT101 at $19.99
<$30 Ritt BIB either $21 or $23. Dickel no. 12 @ $25. (Larceny was $32 for a 1L haven't seen the 750ml.)
<$40 FR1B $39.99 (I'm not sure if I can find it at the price anymore so I'll add the soon to be dusty WTRB 108 proof at $34.99)
<$50 Either the FR1B which I think is kicked up to $43. Or KC1B @$45.

JB64
02-19-2013, 22:08
<$10 EWB when on sale
<$20 BT
<$30 EC12
<$40 4R SmB
<$50 Bookers

What would your selections be Charles?

jeffrey r
02-20-2013, 06:31
Do most of my bourbon buying in the NYC suburbs of New Jersey, but also do an occasional purchase from some Manhattan stores like Astor.

Under $10: Don't really go there.

Under $20: WSR, with Ritt BIB or Old Ezra 7yr/101 honorable mention. Since this is a "where you are" thread, I can't include the VOB BIB and AAA 10 Yr that I picked up from TPS.

Under $30: I feel spoiled to be able to put FR1B in this price category, but since it is, that is my choice. This range seems to be my sweet spot though, as I could easily put OGD 114, ETL, OWA and W12 as my choice and be perfectly content.

Under $40: No clear choice, so most of my under $30 choices would likely qualify here as well.

Under $50: Blanton's, and when I am able to find it, Lot B. I have a Noah's Mill at $43 that I haven't cracked open yet, which might enter into the mix.

humchan2k
02-20-2013, 11:05
I already did this thread before...what's the best under X...just sayin'.

Here in LA:

<$10 - I don't really drink bourbon that's this cheap....sorry? I prefer to get weird, cheap dusties around town for $15 or so when it comes to botttom shelf.

<$20 - Rye: Bulleitt Rye at Trader Joe's, $19.99. Bourbon: BT, $19.99 at K&L. Best buy in LA.

<$30 - Rye: Rittenhouse, $24, Bourbon: Still BT for me, surprisingly.

<$40 - Rye: Willett SB, $36-38, Bourbon: 4R SB - $39.99, but typically prefer K&L releases that cost more cuz I'm lucky enough to have K&L. :)

<$50 - Rye: High West Rendezvous ALL day at $48, Bourbon: Tie between Blanton's & RHF, $45-50/each.

smokinjoe
02-20-2013, 11:06
I already did this thread before...what's the best under X...just sayin'.

Did I actually make a decision in your thread? ;)

signed: Mr wishywashy

Beer&Bourbon
02-20-2013, 11:36
Cincinnati/ NKy

<$10 Heaven Hill 6yo BiB
<$20 VOB BiB ($13) or OWA on sale ~$19
<$30 OWA ($22)
<$40 4R standard SB ($32) / ORVW 107 ($35)
<$50 4R OESK SB ($49.99)

RT Fan
02-20-2013, 12:24
Prices are a little steep here in NYC:
<$20 Four Roses Yellow label @ $19.99
<$30 Old Weller Antique @ $25.99
<$40 Elmer T. Lee @ $32.99
Rookie of the year Larceny @ $32.99
Bargain Rye: Rittenhouse BIB @ $22.99
Bang for the Buck: Mellow Corn @ $13.99

BigRich
02-20-2013, 17:10
I've tried, and tried, and tried, but I just can't answer this question definitively. :crazy: I have too many "bests", particularly in the <$20 to <$30 categories. But, I did have a revelation! Which made me feel really good. And that is, my choices in the higher categories like the <$40 and particularly the <$50 segments, were very limited. I did not include the one-offs and special releases, like PHC, BTAC, etc. After those, not much to choose from. But, I had dozens of choices I could select in the other, lower categories. So...Yey, US!!!!! :woohoo: Even though we've seen some price creep, we still have a great bargain with high quality whiskies in the bourbon aisle...

What a cathartic thread...:D


feel better now?

darylld911
02-20-2013, 17:18
From Atlanta, GA, my list would be:

$10 or less: Evan Williams Black ($9.99)

$20 or less: Wild Turkey 101 ($19.99) (but only because I don't have a bottle of Fighting Cock @ $16.49 to compare against; only tasted it once but was impressed!)

$30 or less: Tie between Elmer T Lee ($26.99) and Knob Creek ($27.99)

$40 or less: Four Roses Single Barrel ($34.99)

$50 or less: Bookers ($46.99)

CoMobourbon
02-23-2013, 14:32
Great thread. I really think that geography is the most interesting component here. So often we talk about values and corresponding drinking habits without taking varying prices into account.

In Columbia, Missouri (100,000+ inhabitants college town)

Best Bourbon...

Under $10: EWB at $9.99, $18.99 for a handle

Under $20: WSR at $16.99

Under $30: EC 12 at $25.99 (this is hard; so many bourbons I would expect at $20 come in at considerably over $20)

Under $40: FR1B at $39.99

Under $50: Booker's at $49.99 (sometimes), although really I want to say FR1B again here

CoMobourbon
02-23-2013, 14:35
Slight revision (refinement?) of the premise: Best VALUE IN BOURBON in Columbia, Missouri...

Under $10: still EWB

Under $20: EW BIB at $11.99 OR FRY at $12.99

Under $30: OGD 114 at $22.99

Under $40: still FR1B

Under $50: ?

Kodiak
02-24-2013, 09:27
North Carolina:

Under $10: nothing worth drinking


Under $20: OGD BIB


Under $30: OWA


Under $40: FR1B when you can find it


Under $50: ORVW10 when you can get it

OscarV
02-24-2013, 15:08
North Carolina:

Under $10: nothing worth drinking


Under $20: OGD BIB


Under $30: OWA


Under $40: FR1B when you can find it


Under $50: ORVW10 when you can get it


Made it easy for me, that's MI line up also.

Josh
02-25-2013, 06:18
Just realized EW BiB is over $10 here. So change mine to "nothing worth drinking" too.

cowdery
02-25-2013, 10:35
Chicago

$10 -- Benchmark

$20 -- Four Roses Yellow Label

$30 -- Weller 12 (this is the sweet spot, lots of honorable mentions)

$40 -- Wild Turkey Rare Breed

$50 -- Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit

I did this using Binny's online listing and surprised myself in a couple of cases.

LCWoody
02-25-2013, 15:42
Southwest Louisiana

$10--EW BIB (white label)

$20--OGD 114 (sometimes its $20.95)

$30--Henry Mckenna 10/y BIB

$40--FRSB

$50--Noahs Mill, Bookers, and when it's out Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

I kind of like the high proof bourbons!!

Max Power
02-26-2013, 11:37
$10 - Evan Williams Black
$20 - OGD 100 or WT 101
$30 - WT Rare Breed ($29.99), Baker's ($27.77) or Knob Creek SB ($28.88) - Both unreal prices and two of my favorites. Jefferson 15 year is honorable mention on clearance at one place at $29.99
$40 - Four Roses Single Barrel or Michter's
$50 - Not enough experience up here to have a "favorite"

My wheelhouse is in that $30 range. It has some of my favorites and it just seems like a good price to pay for a great bourbon.

jeffrey r
02-26-2013, 11:48
My wheelhouse is in that $30 range. It has some of my favorites and it just seems like a good price to pay for a great bourbon.

That $30 range is my wheelhouse as well, but it'd be even moreso if I had KCSB and WTRB in that range. Those are both around $40 by me, let alone the Jefferson 15 which is around $50. Well done out there in MN... :)

CoMobourbon
02-26-2013, 12:08
Yeah, seriously. $29 for KCSB or $30 for WTRB definitely caught my attention.

Max Power
02-26-2013, 12:10
That $30 range is my wheelhouse as well, but it'd be even moreso if I had KCSB and WTRB in that range. Those are both around $40 by me, let alone the Jefferson 15 which is around $50. Well done out there in MN... :)

The Jefferson's is at Hi Time (so not really local). The price dropped by $20. I assume they're trying to clear it out.

The WTRB can vary from $30-44. I bought my last one for $32 (with a $5 off coupon for a $27 total :) ). The KCSB and Bakers prices are a constant at a place called Morelli's which has some of the cheapest stuff out there if they have it. BT for $17, JDSB for $34. It's been a while since I've been there, but if they have it...they have the best price.

The Boozer
02-26-2013, 21:09
Guess I need to jump in here

under $10: zip
<$20: OGD BiB
<$30: Bulleit (like the high rye flavor)
<$40: ORVW 10yr 107
<$50: KC Reserve (although I know I can get it for around $36 @ TPS)
Not alot of choices in the $40-$50 range in MI.

PS: Josh where are you finding EW BiB in this neck of the woods? PM me please Thanks

higgins
02-27-2013, 14:25
This is for Maryland, where I do most of my bourbon purchasing:

<$10 - Benchmark (by default)

<$20 - OGD BIB (although anything that says Bottled in Bond on the label will do)

<$30 - Knob Creek

<$40 - Four Roses Single Barrel

<$50 - Blanton's

Balcones Winston
02-27-2013, 14:35
$10 no idea
$20 OGD 114 (I have bought it this cheap)
$30, $40, $50 4R1B

Balcones Winston
02-27-2013, 14:36
Changed my mind, best $10 bourbon is a pint of OWA

JLH3
02-27-2013, 23:01
Phoenix, AZ

Under $20 - OWA

Under $30 - Weller 12

Under $40 - 4RSmB

Under $50 - Either ORVW 107 (or Willett 4 yr Rye)

Enoch
02-28-2013, 05:27
$10< VOB 90 proof (only one available in SC)
$20< FR Yellow or WSR
$30< OWA or FRSB
$40< FR1B
$50< Not sure...not many in this range...they seem to jump to $60+ after passing $40.

You may be able to tell I am partial to FR for my ryes and Wellers for my wheats. All of these are always open. VOB is the cheapest thing I can drink neat.

Diesel
02-28-2013, 05:49
Central NJ

<$10 n/a
<$20 Old Grand Dad 100 BiB ($19.95)
<$30 Elijah Craig 12yo Hand Picked By Spirits Unlimited ($25.39), Elmer T. Lee ($29.99)
<$40 Black Maple Hill ($37.95) Knob Creek SB ($35.95)
<$50 ORVW ($44.95)

weller_tex
02-28-2013, 07:30
Houston area..

<$10 None..closest is VOB 86 at around $12
~<=$20 OGD 114..$20.89
<$30 Weller 12 $27.38 for a Liter
<$40 Four Roses Single Barrel $34.78
<$50 Booker's $43.69

clindt
02-28-2013, 19:03
DFW area

<$10 - I'm not sure I've seen any under $10. This will be my new quest.
<$20 - Jim Beam Black - $19.99
<$30 - Eagle Rare Single Barrel - $28.99. This is where my bourbon playground usually is($20-$30). There are so many good choices here.
<$40 - WT Rare Breed - $36.99
<$50 - Blanton's - $52.99 (a little over) or Booker's - $48.99

cowdery
03-01-2013, 12:20
I wonder if, after doing this, you'll be more likely to buy your choice when you have that amount to spend. Will some other products you used to buy fall out? Will you be more likely, if you're Clindt above, to always buy Eagle Rare Single Barrel when you have $30 to spend? And only consider something else if ERSB isn't there, or you're sick of it? Does thinking of your favorite bourbons this way change your buying habits at all?

weller_tex
03-01-2013, 12:26
I wonder if, after doing this, you'll be more likely to buy your choice when you have that amount to spend. Will some other products you used to buy fall out? Will you be more likely, if you're Clindt above, to always buy Eagle Rare Single Barrel when you have $30 to spend? And only consider something else if ERSB isn't there, or you're sick of it? Does thinking of your favorite bourbons this way change your buying habits at all?

I almost always stay in sweet spot of OGD 114 and Weller 12. Frankly OGD 114 is better than Booker's (don't tell Beam that..). Weller 12 is just so hard to beat. I have bought Larceny a couple of times to mix it up and will splurge on a 4R, but I pretty much stay in that sweet spot.

clindt
03-01-2013, 14:56
I wonder if, after doing this, you'll be more likely to buy your choice when you have that amount to spend. Will some other products you used to buy fall out? Will you be more likely, if you're Clindt above, to always buy Eagle Rare Single Barrel when you have $30 to spend? And only consider something else if ERSB isn't there, or you're sick of it? Does thinking of your favorite bourbons this way change your buying habits at all?

To answer you question, I always have ERSB available. As long as I haven't emptied my bottle of ERSB, I will pick up whatever catches my eye. I will probably always keep on hand my <$30, <$40 and <$50 because I like them so much, but variety is the spice of life and I like having several bourbons in each category to choose from.
I did find one <$10 bourbon today, Benchmark. It is, meh. I guess I'll have to add it to my list a a default, since it is the only Straight Bourbon available to me under $10 ($9.99).

darylld911
03-01-2013, 16:18
I wonder if, after doing this, you'll be more likely to buy your choice when you have that amount to spend. Will some other products you used to buy fall out? Will you be more likely, if you're Clindt above, to always buy Eagle Rare Single Barrel when you have $30 to spend? And only consider something else if ERSB isn't there, or you're sick of it? Does thinking of your favorite bourbons this way change your buying habits at all?

Being the complete nerd/dork that I am, and realizing that availability/pricing differs by market - I started putting together a spreadsheet so I could look at this thread like a poll. Not scientific, or even accurate (since some posts were more specific than others, ie - ORVW 107 which could be the 10 or 12 yr), and some folks listed multiples that were tied (which I picked the first they listed since . . . well, it's MY analysis, so there!) I also had to combine the various store bottling versions (so 4RSB whether from TPS or someplace else all got added together).

Everyone's taste differ, not to mention what is available to them locally, but I wanted to see what got the most hits in each category - as that might make me consider buying something (or trying something again) that I wouldn't ordinarily buy. Just because I tried something and didn't like it once doesn't mean I won't like it the second time since our tasters are so freaking variable.

While there are no winners or losers, it definitely highlighted that those who participated have a LOT of respect for 4RSB. In the $40 or less category, almost half of those who responded picked it, where there wasn't near that kind of consensus in any other category. No other bourbon had higher than 26% of responses in their category. And - it prompted me to add OGD BIB to my "must try" list!

clindt
03-01-2013, 16:39
Being the complete nerd/dork that I am, and realizing that availability/pricing differs by market - I started putting together a spreadsheet so I could look at this thread like a poll. Not scientific, or even accurate (since some posts were more specific than others, ie - ORVW 107 which could be the 10 or 12 yr), and some folks listed multiples that were tied (which I picked the first they listed since . . . well, it's MY analysis, so there!) I also had to combine the various store bottling versions (so 4RSB whether from TPS or someplace else all got added together).

Everyone's taste differ, not to mention what is available to them locally, but I wanted to see what got the most hits in each category - as that might make me consider buying something (or trying something again) that I wouldn't ordinarily buy. Just because I tried something and didn't like it once doesn't mean I won't like it the second time since our tasters are so freaking variable.

While there are no winners or losers, it definitely highlighted that those who participated have a LOT of respect for 4RSB. In the $40 or less category, almost half of those who responded picked it, where there wasn't near that kind of consensus in any other category. No other bourbon had higher than 26% of responses in their category. And - it prompted me to add OGD BIB to my "must try" list!

I'd be interested to see your "analysis". I've never given the FR line much thought; I've bought a bottle of the regular FR and was not too impressed. I did have some FR1B at a bar and remember thinking it was good, but didn't really give it the attention I could at home. Maybe I should explore the FR line a little more.

CoMobourbon
03-02-2013, 12:09
I wonder if, after doing this, you'll be more likely to buy your choice when you have that amount to spend. Will some other products you used to buy fall out? Will you be more likely, if you're Clindt above, to always buy Eagle Rare Single Barrel when you have $30 to spend? And only consider something else if ERSB isn't there, or you're sick of it? Does thinking of your favorite bourbons this way change your buying habits at all?

Ultimately, yes. Right now I am still in a formative bourbon period, so I am still trying things out and establishing preferences. Ultimately, though, I have been more satisfied with some purchases (in terms of value) than others. Especially given my tendency toward brand loyalty in other areas, yeah, I could see myself drinking mostly four or five bourbons on a regular basis. (Too early to say which ones, but EWBIB, FRY, WSR, OGD 114, and FR1B seem like pretty strong front runners)

black mamba
03-06-2013, 22:19
< $10 = EW Black @ $9.99 (no HH white label available here)
< $20 = Rittenhouse Rye BIB @ $19.99
< $30 = Elijah Craig 12 @ $21.99
< $40 = Noah's Mill @ $34
< $50 = Rock Hill Farms @ $45
< $80 = Sazerac 18 @ $72

The only bottle of Pappy 20 I ever had was bought on vacation in Phoenix about 5 years ago for $84 + tax.
It took me 15 months to finish it . . . and I cried when I did.

White Dog
03-07-2013, 06:58
I'd be interested to see your "analysis". I've never given the FR line much thought; I've bought a bottle of the regular FR and was not too impressed. I did have some FR1B at a bar and remember thinking it was good, but didn't really give it the attention I could at home. Maybe I should explore the FR line a little more.

When you say "regular" 4R, I assume you mean Yellow Label at 80pr? Yes sir, get yourself a bottle of Single Barrel and explore it over a one month period.

It did not surprise me in the least that 4R1B was everyones' choice at that price point. I also expected to see lots of OGD and OWA, but 4R1B is one thing most of us agree on.

clindt
03-07-2013, 09:39
When you say "regular" 4R, I assume you mean Yellow Label at 80pr? Yes sir, get yourself a bottle of Single Barrel and explore it over a one month period.

It did not surprise me in the least that 4R1B was everyones' choice at that price point. I also expected to see lots of OGD and OWA, but 4R1B is one thing most of us agree on.

Yes, it was the Yellow Label 80pr. It's not that it was a bad pour, just lacked any distinction. I'll keep and eye out for FR1B and pick up a bottle.

cowdery
03-07-2013, 16:23
< $10 = EW Black @ $9.99 (no HH white label available here)
< $20 = Rittenhouse Rye BIB @ $19.99
< $30 = Elijah Craig 12 @ $21.99
< $40 = Noah's Mill @ $34
< $50 = Rock Hill Farms @ $45
< $80 = Sazerac 18 @ $72

The only bottle of Pappy 20 I ever had was bought on vacation in Phoenix about 5 years ago for $84 + tax.
It took me 15 months to finish it . . . and I cried when I did.

Lucky you. Those are all good prices.

black mamba
03-07-2013, 20:54
Lucky you. Those are all good prices.

I have a friend who works at a liquor store- I get 10% off everything.

Borchard
03-08-2013, 09:36
The only bottle of Pappy 20 I ever had was bought on vacation in Phoenix about 5 years ago for $84 + tax.
It took me 15 months to finish it . . . and I cried when I did.

I bought my only bottle of PVW 20yr FR in 2008. I still have about a 1/4 of the bottle left. I'll probably cry when it's gone

BillP
03-09-2013, 11:33
Hope it's not too late to add to this.

under $20 - OWA
under $30 - Eagle Rare Single Barrel
under $40 - Four Roses Single Barrel
under $50 - Lot B

But this is not set in stone. So many choices, so little time.

Bluffhunter
01-21-2014, 12:31
Thought would bring this back for update if people have changes from new offerings available this year and to include under $60 with increase in prices.

Under $20- FR Yellow Label
Under $30 - BT or FRSmB alot of good ones maybe EWSB
Under $40 - WT rare breed
Under $50 - RR single barrel (have not tried Bookers yet or had WTKS)
Under $60 - Blantons now at $54.99 where I am at

TunnelTiger
01-21-2014, 13:24
The way pricing in my area is going there won't be a 750 bottle of Bourbon under $20 by the first day of spring or $30 by the end of summer.

It's going up quicker than gas or propane.

393foureyedfox
01-21-2014, 13:55
not much left to put in the sub $10 slot anymore.

the only thing there Id buy is HH 6 year, either the BIB or the green 90

bourbonfoot
01-21-2014, 15:36
I like this idea. I'm not sure I can do one in each though. I'll spread it out over a few brands.

Under $20 - OGB 100 $19
Under $30 - ET Lee $29
Under $40 - 4RSB $39
Under $50 - Bowman's Single Barrel $49
Under $60 - Lot B $54

These are MSRP for these, but besides Lot B I never buy these at list. I can usually get OGD 100 for $17, 4RSB for $36 or so.


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Flyfish
01-22-2014, 15:07
There are way too many great bourbons in the $20 to $30 range. It's relatively easy to pick something for less than $20 or more than $50 but the sheer number of contenders in the 20-30 range just reduces me to saying, "Whatever I'm drinking at the time."

BourbonGuy
01-22-2014, 17:03
Under $10: Benchmark drinkable and use it with food. ($8)
Under $20: WL WellerOld Weller Antique ($19.99)
Under $30: Knob Creek (actually $31)
Under $40: Elmer T Lee ($38-ish)
Under $50: You can’t go wrong with Blanton’s or Bookers

darylld911
01-22-2014, 17:47
We're spoiled in Atlanta - ETL (well, when we had it on the shelves) runs $23-$28 typically. Agree with Flyfish though - when I think of $20 to $30 range, holy crap - there's a bunch! BT, ER10, FRSmB, EC12, ETL, WT101, OWA, W12, Larceny, 1792RR, EWSB, and sometimes FRSB and KC can be had for that. I wouldn't kick any of them out of bed :) Depends what mood you're in on any given day!

SqueakScolari
01-22-2014, 18:18
I'll only suggest bottles I've tried (with alternates):

Under $10: Old HH Gold BIB
Under $20: VOB BIB (Fighting Cock)
Under $30: Elijah Craig 12 (OWA)
Under $40: Elijah Craig BP (Knob Creek 120)
Under $50: Jameson 12 yr. !!!

DrBob
01-22-2014, 19:25
In New Mexico:

Under 10: EWB
Under 20: EWSB
Under 30: Eagle Rare, Elijah Craig, WTRR
Under 40: WTRB
Under 50: Been getting ORVW 107 for 45

Lots of things I can't get here and pick up on travel that would make the list: Ezra 7/101, Weller 12, Charter 101....

Renegator
01-23-2014, 07:10
In Atlanta:

Under $10: N/A
Under $20: Buffalo Trace ($19.99)
Under $30: Eagle Rare 10 ($28.99)
Under $40: Don't drink much in this range - probably either CEHT SmB or KC SB
Under $50: Four Roses Barrel Strength Private Selections ($49.99)

Tony Santana
01-23-2014, 07:16
Interesting to see what price ranges people are slotting certain brands. Some of them I think, wow, I wish I could get it for that price here. And others, I realize I've got it pretty good in comparison. In general, I'll go with what seems to be the consensus - it ain't gettin' any cheaper.

upStomp
01-23-2014, 07:45
Prices reflect the cheapest (from memory) of the 4 stores I most frequent (Julio's in Westborough, MA; Wyman's and Kappy's in Leominster/Fitchburg, MA; NH State Liquor Store - Nashua, NH).

Under $10: I've never seen a 750ml up here under $10
Under $20: Old Grand Dad 100 Bonded ($19.99)
Under $30: Buffalo Trace ($22.99 in NH. Much more pricey in MA, but still usually under $30)
Under $40: Four Roses Single Barrel ($39.99)
Under $50: Blanton's ($45.99)

Dave43
08-01-2014, 16:58
To the top for my favorite thread... In Minnesota we have lost all $10 selections. In the $20 range I'm enjoying OGD 114, fighting cock, EWSB.

jwilson82
08-01-2014, 18:08
< $10: Old Crow ($9.99) - not a fan, but it IS bourbon...
< $20: Rittenhouse - rye, but too good not to mention
< $30: Elijah Craig ($24) - best $/oz bourbon, IMHO. Honorable mention to OGD 114 @ $22
< $40: KCBP ($35) - all that's good about KC with a nice kick in the teeth
< $50: Baker's ($43) - Nice high proof and still super amooth

mbroo5880i
08-01-2014, 18:13
It is interesting how the bourbons in each price point has changed since this thread has started.

jmj_203
08-02-2014, 06:40
It is interesting how the bourbons in each price point has changed since this thread has started.
LoL, I found it funny one of the early posters was complaining about the shit availability in Pennsylvania. Glad I'm not the only one who is fed up with our "system". And here I thought I was just a complainer who hates the PLCB and FW&GS stores. :)

I'm amazed at not only the LOW prices for some of you, but also how it makes no sense to see such WIDE variance in pricing and availability by state. Seriously bourbon makes no sense how it is distributed and how it is priced. It makes it seem like a tiered system of corruption, and the only thing that varies is how much corruption and cronyism is in each state to add on extra costs for moving it thru the state, which affects how high your prices go. Also worth noting is how a certain state may see INSANE low prices on Buffalo Trace, while a neighboring state may see extreme High prices for BT. Now shipping it that extra 100 miles really increased costs? Or is it just lining the pockets of a different politician/local liquor control board. Thats the amazing thing I take from realizing how much corruption is in our distribution system.

And my choices, keep in mind its shitty pennsylvania availability:

<$10: Nothing I would drink. I think Heaven Hill has an awful watered down 80 proof white label, 36 month age stated (for real they state 36 months on the label like its something to be proud of) bourbon for maybe 9.99 but I think even it is 11.99 now. Benchmark is close but I wouldn't drink it either.
<$20: Old Grand Dad BiB is often on sale at $16.99 so i stock up when it is, and I have to special order it but Old Fitzgerald's 1849 is $19.69 which I keep cases of.
<$30: This is the sweet spot for mid shelf bourbons here, and about the only good thing about pennsylvania is at least this widely distributed juice is able to be found here even if most other popular bourbons are not. Fav's here are EC12, Eagle Rare both around $25.99, Recently Wild Turkey RB went on clearance at $29.99 so I bought a bunch, great juice for that price.
<$40: Smooth ambler Old Scout 7yr is $34.99 when its available. I love this stuff so I pretty much bought up all the bottles in several adjacent counties. 4 Roses Single Barrel is just as good but its regularly $39.99 here, occasionally on sale at 36.99.
<$50: Bookers goes on sale pretty often at $47.99, Knob Creek Single barrel reserve is $46.99. I don't drink much from here because I love my 20 to 30 category so much.

Old Dusty
08-02-2014, 07:03
Would say the changes in Indiana are more related to availability than price-with exceptions.

My current list:
<$10-Benchmark($9.99)
<$20-OGD 114($19.99)
<$30-OWA ($23) but W12 ($26)(when available)
<$40-ECBP was $39.99 for the first couple of batches but has crept up lately. So FRSB ($35)
<$50-FRSB PS easy winner here ($49.99)

Josh
08-02-2014, 07:26
I'm not going to say that there is no corruption in the system but a lot of factors besides that can lead to wide differences in price. Variations in taxes and regulations on the state and local levels, variations in levels of supply & demand, and competition between stores (in places where that exists) all play a role.

thebwood
08-02-2014, 09:35
Although I frequently buy in the shops in DC, I also often wonder over to Montgomery Count MD, where the prices are generally very low.

Under $10 - EW Black ($8.99)
Under $20 - JBB ($16-18), Dickel Rye ($17)
Under $30 - ER10 ($25), EC12 ($21)
Under $40 - 4RSB (39.99), KCSB ($33.99)
Under $50 - Bookers ($49.99)

393foureyedfox
08-02-2014, 09:42
those are some damn good prices, bwood!