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05-29-2008, 11:57
Hi everyone,

I'm Angel, and I'm glad to have found you all! My husband will be celebrating his first Father's Day this year. We are both bourbon fans (him more so than me), so I thought a really nice bottle would be appreciated. We've enjoyed Fighting Cock, Maker's, Knob Creek, Evan Williams, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, Basil Hayden's, and Woodford Reserve. He recently got (and worked through) Russell's Reserve as well as the Russell's Rye. I'd like to get something nice for him, but he won't enjoy it if it's too nice, so I'm thinking something between $40 - $60, or maybe a little more. I'd love your suggestions! Thanks in advance - it's nice to find such a knowledgable group!


05-29-2008, 12:02
It's hard to beat Blanton's for this type of gift. It runs less than $50, comes in very impressive packaging, tastes great and perhaps best of all, its widely available. There are better tasting choices out there, IMO, but many of them are hard to locate......and since you didn't say where you live......I'm going with Blanton's.


05-29-2008, 12:04
Thanks, Randy! I will take a look at that one. Sorry, forgot to say that we are in Colorado.


05-29-2008, 12:21
Another one to look at is Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit. It too should be in your price range, and also comes in a pretty nice bottle.

05-29-2008, 14:03
Welcome to the Board!

I hope ya'll find something that keeps you coming back.

I seem to always come from a different angle....so, I say, get two bourbons for that price and have a little head to head tasting with each other. I prefer Bottled in Bond bourbons and ryes(100 proof), because they usually taste closer to what came out of the barrel.

I hope ya'll enjoy your bottle together and good luck with your choice.

05-29-2008, 14:25

Welcome aboard, even if it's for only a short time.

Sometimes it's tough to choose between the slightly new and the totally unique. Perhaps that's a matter of personality as much as anything.

Because Knob Creek and Basil Hayden's have passed muster, Booker's might be a logical next step. Same mash bill, but different age and much higher proof. (Add water to suit your taste.) Furthermore, it has a certain cachet because of the association with Booker Noe, who was a giant in the world of bourbon, both literally and figuratively.

Blanton's, which someone has mentioned, is also a good candidate for the reasons given.

However, to my taste Rock Hill Farms is the bourbon Blanton's wants to be when it grows up. Most people here have a distinct preference for one or the other, although I can think of one who likes both equally. For subtlety go with Blanton's; for assertiveness go with Rock Hill Farms.

For something very different I'd suggest just about anything with "Van Winkle" in the name. One example is Van Winkle Family Reserve rye (not a bourbon, but very close). Another example, a polar opposite to VWFRR, is Pappy Van Winkle 15 y/o. Like Maker's Mark its mash bill contains wheat instead of rye. Unlike Maker's Mark its age adds complexity to the normally somewhat sweet and mild taste of wheat-recipe bourbons.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

05-29-2008, 14:48
I can only second all of the suggestions that were made in the earlier responses. I would like to tell you that your husband will appreciate your asking on this board for your selection, it shows you want the best for him.

Now, once you make your selection please do two things.

Let us know what you decided and call my wife.

05-29-2008, 18:07
Thank you so much, everyone! I really appreciate the suggestions - I'll take them with me when I hit the liquor store. And SBOMarc - just give me a phone number!

We broke into the Eagle Rare tonight - very smooth, very mellow - maybe too much so? It seemed a little tame over ice. But I used a little to make the maple bourbon ice cream recipe from the food thread, and found it to be perfect for that.


05-30-2008, 11:42
+1 for Booker's, and anything with Van Winkle on the label - especially the Rye (Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye) or the Pappy Van Winkle 15yo/107proof. All outstanding, and in the $45 range.

But I think Jeff/Mozilla has a great point... and in the less expensive range I highly suggest the Elmer T Lee Single Barrel (about $22). It's fantastic, unique, and inexpensive. Great bourbon.

06-01-2008, 14:35
Hard to know what you might have available where you are but at the price point you gave, you have many potential and multiple choices available. I's suggest the pours already suggested and add:

Elijah Craig 18 (stay away from the 12 year old)
Evan Williams single barrel (almost any year)
anything with Van Winkle on the label
any of the Eagle Rare expressionsHope both of you continue to hang around to learn and explore!

06-02-2008, 06:42
The best father's day gifts are bourbon.

The best subtle expression to accompany them is a Blowpop tied to the neck of the bottle with a ribbon.

06-02-2008, 12:40
I say this without having tried the stuff, but it seems to me that nothing says "thanks Daddy' like a bottle of "Pappy." I wouldn't mind getting a bottle for Father's Day myself!

06-02-2008, 13:08
I say this without having tried the stuff, but it seems to me that nothing says "thanks Daddy' like a bottle of "Pappy." I wouldn't mind getting a bottle for Father's Day myself!

And nothing says Happy Birthday like a bottle of "Old" anything...:lol:

06-02-2008, 14:06
Hi Angelina, Welcome to SB.com. I could make a lot of suggestions, but as stated by a few of my fellow members, anything with Van Winkle on it would be a good choice. Hope your husband enjoys it. He's a lucky guy. Joe

06-02-2008, 17:22
I believe that Angelina may be a troll (and/or a transvestite or transexual)

Who opens a request for info with "we've enjoyed fighting cock"?

C'mon, even the Father's Day thing is a transparently veiled metaphor.

Angelina or Angel or Jose' should post a photo and a Barr Body test or other evidence before we take "her" seriously

06-09-2008, 16:30
That post from Pepcycle is hilarious. I must really be slipping to let that go for a week without noticing the thread. I almost wet myself the first time I re-read the post. Although, I must admit I'm not exactly sure what he means by "troll".

Sweet post,


Although, I'd hate to see the responses if a damn yankee made the comment. LOL

06-09-2008, 17:04
Yeah, that was funny! I had a hard time keeping a strait face. LOL

06-11-2008, 20:32

Pappy Family Reserve 15 yr old or van Winkle Lot B. Guarnateed to please.

06-17-2008, 11:02
Thanks again, everyone, for all the advice. In the end, I went with a bottle of Sazerac Rye and a bottle of Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 yo. He was very pleased. We had a few bourbon lovers over for dinner, and went all out - fancy cheeses, mushroom-bourbon risotto, strip steaks with morels, salad, an almond-pear tart, and plenty of sampling of his Father's Day bottles. He seemed really happy with the evening. I really appreciated all the suggestions - it's unnerving to spend $80 on something you've never tried - and it really helped to have some guidance.


06-17-2008, 12:57
Glad it all worked out. Sound like y'all had some good food and company. Cheers!