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mred
06-12-2007, 19:32
I need good bourbon under $15

bobbyc
06-12-2007, 20:05
I've never paid more than 13 for Mellow Mash. Somehow I don't think that's going to help you............

tango-papa
06-12-2007, 20:16
Might I suggest looking for a liquor store with good ole' Wild Turkey on sale?
Should be right at your target price for a 750 ml bottle.

~tp

TNbourbon
06-12-2007, 20:28
I've never paid more than 13 for Mellow Mash. Somehow I don't think that's going to help you............

Cruel, Bobby -- that's just cruel!:lol:

luv2hunt
06-12-2007, 20:37
Might I suggest that you hit an internet liquor store website.....look at the prices.....research what the boys here have to say about them.....and then start purchasing them at your local store!

I did the first step for you:
AA Age $14
Benchmark $12
Evan Williams 1783 $11
JB White $15
Old Charter 10yr $15
Old Charter 8 yr $13
Rebel Yell $14
Old Forester $14
Old Weller Special Reserve $15

Info courtesy of binnys.com.

Personally, I think they're all rot gut.....maybe ok for mixing....but not straight.

Dawn

bobbyc
06-12-2007, 21:03
Personally, I think they're all rot gut....A little bit Jaded is what I'd call that!:lol:

ILLfarmboy
06-12-2007, 21:09
....

Personally, I think they're all rot gut.....maybe ok for mixing....but not straight.

Dawn

Glad to see someone else doesn't like Old Forester. I have tried both the 86 and 100. Didn't like either.

luv2hunt
06-12-2007, 21:14
OH.....and at sams:

Early Times $10
EW $10
Ezra Brooks $10
Fighting Cock $15
JB 5yr $15
Old Fitz 100p $12
Old Fitz 8yr $9
Ten High 8yr $11

And they're still all rot gut! Jaded? :slappin::slappin: Maybe I am, but I don't find enjoyment in sipping bourbon that has nothing but BURN! I haven't developed the ability to appreciate the source of enjoyment for these that some of you seem to have. (And, I don't plan to!)

Dawn

PS....I'm not referring to dusties....

mred
06-12-2007, 21:30
FC 13.95 EC 15.95 Anyone ever headr of somethin called Virgin bourbon?? Its here in NC

cowdery
06-12-2007, 22:20
Fighting Cock, Elijah Craig and Virgin are all Heaven Hill products, all probably pretty similar. Since EC is a dollar over your target, you could try the Fighting Cock or Virgin and maybe one of those will float your boat. Evan Williams black label, also Heaven Hill, should be within your price range. Old Fitzgerald Prime, also made by Heaven Hill, would be a good choice in a wheated bourbon (the others are rye bourbons).

Rittenhouse, Jim Beam Rye and Old Overholt (which is made by Jim Beam) are straight ryes that should be in your range.

Other good choices would be Old Grand-Dad, Old Forester and Old Charter.

In Georgia, you should be able to find some of the above, and others, "bottled in bond," which means they are 100 proof, which means more bang for your buck.

Some to avoid: Early Times, Ancient Age, Jim Beam white, Rebel Yell, Old Crow.

CrispyCritter
06-12-2007, 23:32
Old Fitzgerald BIB would fill the bill nicely.

For rye, Rittenhouse BIB.

If you raise the ceiling to $20, there are many more choices, though...

MGades
06-13-2007, 00:27
I'm assuming this is for drinking straight, not mixed.

Old Grand Dad for sure, try Evan Williams Black label too.

I agree definitely stay away from Early Times, but I find Ancient Age is ok.

In general, I think that the <$15 category is for mixing only. If you really want to enjoy bourbon straight then you'll just have to save up and move to the <$25 category where you'll have many good options.

ggilbertva
06-13-2007, 06:09
Glad to see someone else doesn't like Old Forester. I have tried both the 86 and 100. Didn't like either.

True for me also...but only for the current offering. The older 86 and BIB are wonderful. I have a 1983 1.75L 86 proof that's really quite good.

ggilbertva
06-13-2007, 06:11
OH.....and at sams:

Early Times $10
EW $10
Ezra Brooks $10
Fighting Cock $15
JB 5yr $15
Old Fitz 100p $12
Old Fitz 8yr $9
Ten High 8yr $11

And they're still all rot gut! Jaded? :slappin::slappin: Maybe I am, but I don't find enjoyment in sipping bourbon that has nothing but BURN! I haven't developed the ability to appreciate the source of enjoyment for these that some of you seem to have. (And, I don't plan to!)

Dawn

PS....I'm not referring to dusties....

Ok, the dusties of some of those are really fine pours. I would admit though, that I really like the Fighting Cock....neat. It's probably the only one on your lists that I'll drink that way.

ggilbertva
06-13-2007, 06:12
Old Fitzgerald BIB would fill the bill nicely.

For rye, Rittenhouse BIB.

If you raise the ceiling to $20, there are many more choices, though...

I'll second the Rittenhouse....although in my neck of the woods, it's gone up some to $18.

Bob O.
06-13-2007, 10:24
If you raise the ceiling to $20, there are many more choices, though...

Yep...it wouldn't equate to much more per drink.

stoopsie
06-13-2007, 10:50
If you are looking just for something good and inexpensive and you want to drink it for a while, a wiseman told me a long time ago to "Think 1.75 liters". A 750 ml @ $15 equals a 1.75 l @ $35 in cost per ounce. Now, if you are willing to spend $35 for a 1.75 your choices of good/great whiskeys increase tremendously. That is what I do when the big bottles go on sale.

Howie

mred
06-13-2007, 12:17
Thanks to all, now i've got some options..

melting
06-13-2007, 19:08
Wild Turkey on sale at around $15.49 and Old Overholt regularly priced at $10.99 which is one hell of a value in my opinion.

Chris

ratcheer
06-14-2007, 16:33
I would recommend Old Grand Dad 86-proof.

Tim

melting
06-14-2007, 16:37
Damn, even the Old Grand Dad BIB is regularly $15.49 and goes on sale about every month for $13.99.

Chris

ratcheer
06-15-2007, 16:29
Damn, even the Old Grand Dad BIB is regularly $15.49 and goes on sale about every month for $13.99.

Chris

Not where I am. The 86-proof is up to about $16.49, here.

Tim

texascarl
06-16-2007, 21:17
I 'mingle' several inexpensive bourbons and some rye to make my own inexpensive pour. My current recipe is 1 part Wellers, 1 part Ezra Brooks, another of Old Charter 8 OR 10 yr, 1 of Evan Williams black, 1 part Wild Turkey 101, and a half-part of Old Overholt. I usually do this with 1.75's (and a 750 of O.O.) because I rebottle the result and give whisky away during the holidays, usually with a humorous label. It runs about 85 proof with my current mixture (but I did use some older 90 proof stuff they no longer make) My friends and I think it's tasty and 750 bottles cost me about $11 or so at current rates. I buy handles during sales and stockpile for this. I give a lot of it away, but I make sure there's plenty to drink for myself.
Try mingling shots to see if you like the result, and if so start stocking up on bottles to mingle. For me, it's been a good daily pour.

wskybnt
06-16-2007, 21:30
Not where I am. The 86-proof is up to about $16.49, here.

Tim
Around here the BIB is 18.99 + tax... But I still buy it, and consider it a deal at that. If is was 13.99 well you know...

Edward_call_me_Ed
06-17-2007, 06:03
I 'mingle' several inexpensive bourbons and some rye to make my own inexpensive pour. My current recipe is 1 part Wellers, 1 part Ezra Brooks, another of Old Charter 8 OR 10 yr, 1 of Evan Williams black, 1 part Wild Turkey 101, and a half-part of Old Overholt. I usually do this with 1.75's (and a 750 of O.O.) because I rebottle the result and give whisky away during the holidays, usually with a humorous label. It runs about 85 proof with my current mixture (but I did use some older 90 proof stuff they no longer make) My friends and I think it's tasty and 750 bottles cost me about $11 or so at current rates. I buy handles during sales and stockpile for this. I give a lot of it away, but I make sure there's plenty to drink for myself.
Try mingling shots to see if you like the result, and if so start stocking up on bottles to mingle. For me, it's been a good daily pour.

I really like this idea. Sounds fun and a good pour. And you get your holiday shopping done early, too!

I would do it but they rarely sell bourbon in 1.75 bottles here in Japan. Just JB white, Early Times Bourbon (it is bourbon here), and Jack Daniels and that last isn't bourbon. And you have to watch them here. Most often the Big Economy Size is more expensive than the smaller sizes. This it true whether we are talking soap, detergent, flour, beer. or whatever. Sometimes you can save money buying a larger size but not often.

Ed

Pastor Bourbon
06-19-2007, 07:06
I need good bourbon under $15

Don't we all!!! :D

When you quote $15 as your cheap prices I have to shed a self-pitying tear. Here in Australia the cheap pours start at around $20 and, referring to some of the other entries here, you're better off drinking something else. :)

Sam Cougar is my favourite inexpensive bottle; but the standard Wild Turkey isn't that much dearer, so I usually keep a bottle of both.

I priced a Baker's 7 Year old 107 proof today, and that's currently $73.00 Australian. I'll bet you don't pay that for it in the States. Not that is is one of the cheap pours mind you.