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RedVette
02-07-2007, 19:36
What is the least expensive bottle that you will take a shot out of, voluntarily? One that you rebuy when it is empty. I'm talking about home from work, midweek, need a shot to smooth out the end the day kind of drink. Beam Black?, Old Forrester?, OGD86?

How low do you go, and what do you pay for it in your neck of the woods?

barturtle
02-07-2007, 19:40
Easy!

Very Rare Old Heaven Hill 10yo 100proof. About $10.50 or so in Louisville.
Very Old Barton 6yo 100proof is about the same price.

ILLfarmboy
02-07-2007, 19:56
Weller Antique 107 $16.99 a fifth. But at a bar if someone "buys a round of shots" what the heck I'll drink whatever they buy.

TNbourbon
02-07-2007, 19:57
Easy!

Very Rare Old Heaven Hill 10yo 100proof. About $10.50 or so in Louisville.
Very Old Barton 6yo 100proof is about the same price.

I have those, plus the ones Rob opened with, and just opened a 200ml of VOB 90 proof (Bill Friel era, triangular label), poured half into the glass. Who knows? I might get ritzy tonight and chase it with some ND Old Crow.

RoyalWater
02-07-2007, 20:31
The one that perfectly fits your description for me is (don't choke) Seagram's VO. I keep a 375 around which costs 6.85. Bourbon wise I like Ancient Ancient Age at 12.15 a L.

JamesH007
02-07-2007, 21:14
I second the AAA; and forget exactly how much it was. I think around $15 for a Litre.

TimmyBoston
02-07-2007, 21:58
I don't take shots, so I can't really comment specifically on shots. But I enjoy Old Forrester 100, neat, and it's around $13 a bottle and I have a special fondness for drinking EW 1783 which I also drink neat and it's $10 a bottle, I actually prefer the cheaper 1783 over the OF 100. Neither is very favorite, but IMO they are both very drinkable and I keep always try to keep them on hand.

cowdery
02-07-2007, 22:17
VOB would probably be the least expensive, although I generally have no aversion to cheap bourbon. I do always try to have VOB on hand and if I don't feel a particular urge to drink something else, the VOB is what I grab. It's also the only thing I routinely buy in the 1.75 L size, but that's mainly because I can only get it in Kentucky. A 1.75 of VOB BIB is less than $20.

T47
02-07-2007, 22:23
It would be Evan Williams Black Label $12.95, closely followed by Henry Mckenna $13.75 here in the great State of WA.
I don't mind them at all, and I like to have them around to do Chucks Age vs. Youth tasting suite when I have friends over.

nor02lei
02-08-2007, 00:49
Even thou hard to find I can get Forester 96 in 1 litre bottle for about 25 euro, and it is real good bourbon in the same class as Forester 100 thatís not for sale here in Europe.

Leif

Edward_call_me_Ed
02-08-2007, 03:21
for the purpose of this post, 100 yen equals a buck. The last time I knew the exchange rate it was 120 to the US dollar. But to me 100 yen feels like a buck. I will give prices in yen.

Most of the things mentioned above are either unavailable or too expensive here for the purpose of this thread.

The one time I saw VOB on the shelf it was 1,650. The EW no age statement 1,500. Weller Antique 107 2,360. AA can be under 1,000 yen and is not a bad whiskey at all IMHO. I have a bottle open and will replace it if I ever empty it. Might be a while. The selection at home is too good.

Two come to mind are Early Times Straight Kentucky Bourbon 980 off the shelf. I just had a pour and it was OK. In Japan many restaurants will keep a bottle for you. You buy it and then you can drink it whenever you go to that restaurant. Of course, you pay a premium for this service. I have a bottle keep of Early Times at a place near my work.

The other is I. W. Harper Gold Medal 80 proof. If I wait for sale prices I can get this for about 1,640. This is not just a drinkable bourbon but a genuinely good bourbon. Especially in the summertime.

At this price point another good bourbon is Jim Beam Choice. One more is Rebel Yell at 1,100.

Ed

jspero
02-08-2007, 05:20
Pikesville Rye - $9/750ml or EW 1783 - $11/750ml.

Jay

Ubertaster
02-08-2007, 07:41
Rittenhouse Rye $11.99 and is also one of my favorite pours.

bj

SBOmarc
02-08-2007, 07:43
Ogd 86

doubleblank
02-08-2007, 07:52
The key element for me being "....rebuy when empty...." leaves Weller 12 as the lowest priced bourbon I always keep on hand. Of course, I won't need to rebuy this anytime soon as I ended up with about 8 cases from the four SW single barrels we purchased fall '05. And it runs about $16 here.

Randy

BobA
02-08-2007, 09:02
VOB 90 is $10 here, and there's not much cheaper. Happy to drink it, and will re-buy just because its such a good value. The Benchmark I bought a while back was also $10, IIRC, and although it was fine, it's gone and not replaced.

Bob

smokinjoe
02-08-2007, 12:21
Ezra Brooks 90 proof. Between $15 and $16 for a 1.75 here. I was well into my bourbon exloration, (and quite uppity about what I drank, I may add), when my dad intro'd me to this one a couple of years back. I didn't expect much, but came away much impressed. I've kept it onboard ever since.

JOE

Ambernecter
02-08-2007, 13:23
I have on occasion bought Golden Sun from the Lidl store in England. It is around £8.50 for a bottle and ain't great but for the money it's Bourbon and just about okay to drink straight up.

That is as low as I go!

Anyone know who makes Golden Sun btw?

TBoner
02-08-2007, 19:26
Ogd 86

Ditto. $13.49 is the cheapest I've seen it here. Will also go for Charter 10 at the same price...but I found a place with Charter 12 for $1 more, so...I guess until they realize how underpriced it is, that's my "bottom-shelf" pour.

All of the above is contingent on the fact that I don't do shots, so it's neat sippin' only. Can't go lower than 86 proof for that too often.

AVB
02-08-2007, 19:34
Another vote for Pikesville Rye. $9 a bottle plus tax.

RedVette
02-09-2007, 11:32
At least half of the responses to my question are not readily available in Oklahoma. No Barton, no Heaven Hill, no Rittenhouse, No AAA. I will pick up a few of the others mentioned and audition them, heck I can buy 4 or 5 of these for the price of one Birthday Bourbon or equivelant.

To be continued...

cowdery
02-09-2007, 11:34
Give Ten High a try. I haven't had any recently, but always found that a good bottom shelf buy, and it's generally available everywhere.

The big thing to avoid is most "store brand" whiskey. That's usually the worst thing going.

jsgorman
02-09-2007, 13:16
Ancient Ancient Age is great stuff. Its pretty much Blantons without the fancy bottle and all.

Gillman
02-09-2007, 13:27
Ten High, agreed, also (any) VOB. I like Olde Heaven Hill BIB, too.

Gary

Edward_call_me_Ed
02-09-2007, 14:44
I forgot to mention Old Overholt. Good value and good whiskey.

Ed

BobA
02-09-2007, 14:48
At least half of the responses to my question are not readily available in Oklahoma. No Barton, no Heaven Hill, no Rittenhouse, No AAA. I will pick up a few of the others mentioned and audition them, heck I can buy 4 or 5 of these for the price of one Birthday Bourbon or equivelant.

To be continued...

Of the three you listed in your original post, OGD 86 is my favorite, and I would have no real problem if price and availablity made it my "low end" bottle. But maybe there's something else on the shelf? And you'll note that no one mentioned Old Crow.

Good luck.

Bob

P.S. Oklahoma may be Old Charter country. The 12 is one of my over-all favorites, and if pricing is like it is here, just a few bucks more than the 8. I'd start with the 12.

melting
02-09-2007, 14:52
Evan Williams for $7.49 for 750 ml.

Chris

ratcheer
02-09-2007, 17:37
Yes, Old Grand Dad 86 would be about it. Its not very cheap here, though.

Tim

ThomasH
02-09-2007, 17:54
Ancient Age 100 proof. It runs 23.00-24.00 for 1.75L in Kentucky. A bottle goes pretty far and make a very drinkable mixed drink!

Thomas

Jazzhead
02-09-2007, 19:43
Let's here it for good, cheap bourbon! If the demarcation line is just $17 bucks, I'd be a happy camper just sticking to Old Forester, Dickel No. 12 and Old Heaven Hill BIB. Myself, I get a kick out of finding cheap old dusties. Old Hickory, Old Kentucky Tavern, there's some tasty stuff out there for under ten bucks a bottle. The remarkable thing I find about bourbon is that quality is very often not a function of price. The good blue collar pours can be as satisfying as the image brands.

brian12069
02-10-2007, 05:30
There's some tasty stuff out there for under ten bucks a bottle. The remarkable thing I find about bourbon is that quality is very often not a function of price. The good blue collar pours can be as satisfying as the image brands.

I agree with this 100% I have had some $50 bottles that I didn't enjoy as much as a $14 Old Fitgerald 1849 or $10 bottle of Evan Williams.

Old Bill
02-10-2007, 06:13
The lowest? Old Crow. I had to give it a try just because of the history behind the label. In spite of its medicinal-antiseptic taste, I can't say it was the worst, but I tend to drink the middle of the road stuff anyway. Since I am sort of new to this whole bourbon experience, I figure middle of the road is where I should start. One of my discoveries is Rebel Yell. Gotta say that this has been one of my favorite bourbons so far, and it's about 12 bucks.

JeffRenner
02-12-2007, 19:30
My favorite bottom shelf, Kentucky prices (and no tax!):

HH BiB 10 yo - $9.99
HH BiB 6 yo - $8.79

I was worried that the 6 yo, being from the Bernheim distillery rather than the HH one that burned, would not be as good. As I have posted before, I don't think we have anything to worry about. It is very fine. And I still have one bottle of the 10 yo plus a little left in an opened bottle. Not the best 10 yo I've ever had, but what a value!

I think that Old Taylor from Beam is a fine value. The State of Michigan controlled price list link (http://www.cis.state.mi.us/lcc_code/sr_lcc.asp) seems to be down this evening, but as I recall, OT is ~$11. This is a 6 yo and while it's been a few years since I've had it, I recall that it was quite nice and a value. Especially considering that JB 4 yo is a few dollars more and not nearly as nice.

Again, it's been a few years since I've had Rebel Yell, but I think it's around $12 here in Michigan, and just fine.

I used to love Beam's version of Old Crow in the late 90's. It was a very delicate 4 yo, and only $6.93 (I bought a fair number of them - it's still under $7). But then sometime around 1999 they dropped the age to three years and ruined it. It was feinty and raw. Jim Murray says that it has improved, but it's still three years old. I have a couple of bottles in the bunker of the 4 yo. It's a great summer whiskey. Light, crisp and refreshing.

I've not been fond of Evan Williams. I bought a bottle in Cape Ann in Massachusetts while on vacation this summer, and that confirmed that to me, it's sort of rich oak caramel but lacking in complexity. Not bad, and under $10, I think, but not for me.

Nice thread!

Jeff

JDutton
02-12-2007, 20:22
I recently found a store with Old Overholt for under $10, and its time for me to get another.

Frodo
02-13-2007, 08:44
I recently found a store with Old Overholt for under $10, and its time for me to get another.

I could only dream of prices like that!

CrispyCritter
02-13-2007, 15:37
For drinking neat:
Old Fitzgerald BIB, about $13 for a fifth
AAA 10 year, about $14
Rittenhouse Rye BIB, about $12


For Manhattans and the like add Rittenhouse 80 and Old Overholt.

brian12069
02-13-2007, 16:57
I recently found a store with Old Overholt for under $10, and its time for me to get another.

Same price here, great in a Manhattan isn't it?

BrbnBorderline
02-21-2007, 15:26
Ancient Age 3YO, $ 26.95 for 1.75 l in WA state.

jinenjo
02-21-2007, 15:45
Beam Black $15 approximately.

I have tried this numerous times. And the last bottle was purchase purely for utiliarian reasons (I got a 375ml to be used for refilling of half-full top shelf stuff).

I'm still nursing this one. I almost feel like dumping it out. It's just flat to me. It's not terrible or anything but Beam Black lacks depth for sure. I am now questioning whether or not to use the 2liters of Beam rye I bought for my rebarreling project. I'm hoping more time in wood will give it at least a bit of what it lacks...:skep: :skep:

At least I can say Knob Creek is tastier than Beam Black, which is a better dram than Beam white.

Stu
02-21-2007, 16:19
I can get either VOB or Henry McKenna for around $17 for 1.75 ltr. here in AR. They get my vote.

Stu

straightwhiskeyruffneck
02-21-2007, 19:13
got a 1.75 of ezra brooks 90 pf. for $15.99! and a dandy pour. well, lots of them. and a cork top to boot

brian12069
02-22-2007, 04:28
One thing we can all agree on here? Price really doesn't mean anything.

jburlowski
02-22-2007, 16:56
One thing we can all agree on here? Price really doesn't mean anything.

Price clearly matters... just not nearly as much as most folks would imagine.

Father&Son
03-03-2007, 20:58
AAA 10-Star or Ezra Brooks 90-proof.

Steve