Its quality is just as good as ETL and AAA 10 year. Its profile fits right in line between the Bib and the 10 yr. Actually, I think that I like it better than the 10yr for price and proof reasons. The 10yr is damn good, though. I often stretch my 10 yr bottle with the Bib, since I forgot to refill my supply of 10yr last trip to Ky. Made sure to get some Bib, though. I think the Bib handle went for just over $20, the 10yr is near $40, IIRC. Seems like the last 10 star I bought was around $26 all 1.75ml's.
Hands down...this mashbill has to one of the best in all of bourbon land.
Ya gotta get some rye in there. Try Rittenhouse BIB, you can't go wrong. I would also recommend Elmer T Lee. It is a BT bourbon and has some nice complexities.
If you like Maker's Mark, you should try WL Weller 12 yo. It is a similar mash bill, but has a much more complex flavor. I think you will find the smoothness and the flavor there.
No matter what other people say, don't try the OGD BIB (but if you do, only by a 200 ML). Trust me, you won't like it.
Just to throw in my 2 cents, I would definitely recommend Sam Houston VSB. No one has mentioned & I don't read too much about it on the forum, so perhaps it's not especially popular, but I've had most of the bourbons on your initial list and I prefer Sam Houston to almost all of them (ALMOST). It has a peppery taste that is balanced with some sweetness, classic flavor but different than most bourbons I've tried.
i thought that myself, really, a year ago...and about 1/5 into that first 5th of OGD100!
then it got better. and butterscotchy. the bite was a pleasure. etc.
just finished off my second bottle and it was the best $14.99 i ever spent.
still, that OGD 114 i spent $20.99 on a week before was pretty much even better money spent!
to be honest, OGD 114 is a good 11 parsecs away from the local solar system bottling of OGDbib....no matter what part of the cosmos you orbit, either pour is a pleasure!:grin:
Kickert, the OGD 114 is a fine pour - and if you can find pre-Beam (Clermont) OGD 86 or OGD Bottled in Bonds, these are excellent as well. There are multiple threads on this site that go into considerable detail on these bottlings. And if you can find them, they are likely to be priced low. Happy hunting.