I haven't picked the bottle for anything particular. Just something that is about 1/2 full. From what I remember I've done a Sam Houston, EWSB (forget the year, but probably a 98), and a Beam Black. I seem to think the Sam Houston was particularly good. But, that's probably more a function of the correct amount of Candy Canes, rather than the bourbon type. I can't say for sure. Unfortunately, Joey was sleepin' when Mr. Kline was explaining The Scientific Method in 5th Period. :D
I agree that you want a rye-recipe bourbon, or maybe even a rye, and there is no point spending a fortune, but don't do it with something you wouldn't drink otherwise.
Any chance this would make Red Stag tolerable? Just not sure about the cherry/mint fusion.
This sounds very familiar. In the 1950s James E Pepper had the James E Peppermint julep which was a straight, thin peppermint stick that you would use as your swizzle stick in your Pepper on the rocks.
Schenley thought so, but it was not enough to save Pepper. By 1970, James E Pepper bourbon sales were pretty much non-existant.
I think Evan Williams Black Label. It has a nice, minty flavor to it already. It is also readily available in pint bottles, so less of an investment if you aren't sure about how much you'll love the mixture.