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MikeD
11-20-2003, 22:24
I am looking for some recommendations on some good everyday drinking burbons. So far I've tried Knob Creek and Evan Williams single barrel 10yr... While I thought they were both very good, I don't want to spend $25+ every time I want a bottle... I spend enough on cigars and Scotch already http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Any suggestions will be appreciated

Mike

avery
11-20-2003, 23:40
Odd... I'm sure there was a reply from Paradox here with some very good suggestions. Anyway, I suggest Wild Turkey 101 as a good everyday pour. I also like Evan Williams 7 year old black label. It is quite inexpensive and a pretty decent (IMHO) bourbon. Old Charter 12 year old is also a good one, although probably a bit more expensive than WT101. Others may suggest Elijah Craig 12 year old, which I never seem to like, but it is in a price range that doesn't set you back much even if you don't like it.

What I do when I'm looking to try something new is look through the threads in the tasting forum here. Most of the posts contain prices. If the poster raves about it and it is inexpensive, I might give it a look.

B_Dub___Cigar_Ambassador
11-21-2003, 00:54
MikeDawgie -

Just come over to my house for a drink.

MurphyDawg
11-21-2003, 01:30
What I do when I'm looking to try something new is look through the threads in the tasting forum here. Most of the posts contain prices. If the poster raves about it and it is inexpensive, I might give it a look.





Thats is a very good suggestion! I would add to the list of cheap but good: Old Forester 86 or 100 proof (both less than $15) and Old Ezra 7 year 101 proof.

TomC

B_Dub___Cigar_Ambassador
11-21-2003, 01:34
Old Ezra Bourbon sounds akin to Old Buzzard Beer. Who picks the names on these bottles???

MurphyDawg
11-21-2003, 02:14
There is definately a lot of old fashioned names, but they are very appropriate if you meet the folks who make it, the down home charm of people like Elmer T. Lee and Jimmy Russel (and the Beams as well) is one of the most endearing qualitys of bourbon.

TomC

longash4me
11-21-2003, 07:52
I am an well worn cigar BB guy. So, I know the value of reviewing the wealth of previous posts. Almost every question I had, as I stumbled into these hallowed halls, was already answered by the resident bourbon experts here. This leaves me with little left to say, although I crave the opportunity to participate. My task now is to sort through the tombs and, by process of elimination, make my own neuvo-educated selection. This is the method I've chosen based on your collective advises. So far, the education has been a ton-'O-fun and the rewards I've reaped have been delicious!

A little leg work goes a long way!

Do I feel I have anything of true value to add? Not really, but that's not going to stop me. I'm willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous ridicule to learn about something truely great. I am running a little low on contemporaneously posted material though and I'm hoping it's attributable to some kind of "Universal Bourbon Holiday" I don't know about and that massive posting will begin anew any moment. I have SO much to learn, and I'm old, so I'm in a hurry!
My thanks to everyone participating here. Those of you especially that have shown me yet another way to throw my hard earned cash down an endless pit of self indulgence! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

MurphyDawg
11-21-2003, 10:07
You could always start bumping old threads up to add your $0.02 to them. I always enjoy it when people do that.


LOL
Tom(seriously)C

bluesbassdad
11-21-2003, 15:03
Welcome aboard.

Regarding your comments about a Bourbon Holiday, aren't all Holidays Bourbon Holidays? For example, how about Arbor Day, Bastille Day, Boxer Day, {insert your State's name here} Admission Day, Chicago Bears Mathematical Elimination From Contention Day, Vernal (and Autumnal) Equinox, Winter (and Summer) Solstice, Payday, etc. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Seriously, there are peaks and valleys of participation here. During my two year tenure (longer than many, shorter than some)I've noticed that new members often create a spark of interest that burns brightly for a time. You new, cigar guys are doing it right now.

In return for the information you glean here, all one might ask in return is that whenever you are in a position to corroborate, contradict, expand upon, or question anything that you've read here, please do so. We will all learn something in the bargain.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

B_Dub___Cigar_Ambassador
11-21-2003, 16:29
Hey MikeDawg... he said we're burning brightly! I think he probably just got disoriented staring at the end of your cigar. Doh!

Now let's not forget: Cinco de Mayo, Kwanza, Yom Kippur, Insurance Age Changes, Days at the Track, Jehovah's Witness Visitations, telemarketing calls, and dental appointments. These are all great excuses or reminders to drink up and party down!

I try to be very honest in my evaluations. As I become more accustomed to detecting bourbon's fine qualities, you can be sure that I will be tossing in my two cents. Thanks again for such a warm welcome.

ratcheer
11-21-2003, 17:23
Everyday drinking bourbons:

Old Forester 100 proof
Elijah Craig 12 year old
Wild Turkey 101 proof
Old Grand Dad 114 proof (or 100 proof)

All of these except OGD 114 should be under $20. OGD 114 should be only slightly over $20.

Tim

ratcheer
11-21-2003, 17:27
Just say what you think and you will be participating. Your opinion is as good as everyone else's. You don't have to worry about whether somebody already said it or if you think somebody else might disagree with it (as long as you're being honest).

Tim

TNbourbon
11-21-2003, 18:45
Try any Weller's bourbon. They were originally Van Winkle (old, now-defunct, well-missed Stitzel-Weller Distillery) products, and are now Buffalo Trace offerings (where Julian Van Winkle and his famed wheated line also resides). The Weller's, too, are wheated. There's 7yo Special Reserve, 107-proof Antique, Centennial (10yo), 12yo (a widely-approved favorite here, it seems) and, if you're lucky, the no-longer-bottled 19yo. Additionally, though it's no longer bottled by the same people, but reputedly retains the original mash bill, is Rebel Yell.
None are expensive. A 750 ml bottle of Rebel Yell is barely $10. The Special Reserve is under $15. Great values for the money, I think.

MurphyDawg
11-22-2003, 01:14
107-proof Antique



Yep, despite the decidedly mixed reactions of members of this forum to the Old Weller Antique 7/107, I am a big fan of that bottling, and I think that it resemble a lesser polished version of VW 10/107, a classic. I get lots of sweetness and vanilla and fruityness, and a finish that goes on and on. Very satisfying.

TomC

MurphyDawg
11-22-2003, 01:18
My grandfather alway said that it was ST. Swithen's day, whenever he wanted to celebrate. Seriously though, one of the fun things about growing up catholic, was there was ALWAYS some feast of a Saint we could use as an excuse to act like sinners. Who ever said Catholisicsm cant be fun!


TomC

MikeD
11-22-2003, 11:36
Thank you all for your responses. i'll be sure to ty some of these and let you know what I think.
Thanks again guys

Mike

jimbo
11-26-2003, 17:54
I am looking for some recommendations on some good everyday drinking burbons. So far I've tried Knob Creek and Evan Williams single barrel 10yr... While I thought they were both very good, I don't want to spend $25+ every time I want a bottle... I spend enough on cigars and Scotch already

Any suggestions will be appreciated

Mike



Well, I just tried an Old Ezra 7 yr, 101 proof that fits my bill for a "drinking whiskey". My "bill" is for a full flavored, full bodied whiskey, not a smooth and mellow but bland alcoholic beverage. And only $14.95 in the local liquor store!

Regards, jimbo