Gentlemen & Ladies:
As I spiral deeper and deeper into the vortex of Bourbonia, I have been re-evaluating my efforts at finding a so-called "Everyday Pour" that is inexpensive. I made the following quip in a prior post:
"An expensive phenomenon is manifesting itself at Camp Winslow: It appears that the Ancient Ancient Age & Old Forester seem to be edging their collective way to the "special occasion" Bourbon, and the RR and RB (along with Knob Creek) are becoming the every day pours!"
I signed off "Send Money, Winslow"
Now this was light-hearted humor but guess what, it's really the truth! Last night as I enjoyed a comparison of Knob Creek and my freshly opened bottle of Bakers, it was just so apparent how really, really good these Bourbons are. To relax with a pour of Old Forester or Beam White, for example, and reflect upon how delicious this is would be ridiculous. I'd be kidding myself. To quote Clogsdon from a 7-15 post:
"This past Saturday, I just purchased Ancient Ancient Age 10 yo and Old Forester 4 yr old based on what I read in this group. My impressions of AA last night would be that, while I have no complaints, I don't see myself buying another bottle. My impressions of OF tonight intially are that this bourbon might find a place in my liquor cabinet (if I could make room among the case of different bottles I just returned with from Louisville)."
My point here is not to slam these lower shelf Bourbons, but rather, if I'm going to drink it, it may as well be darn good. It's hard for me to sip my AAA knowing there's a bottle of Rare Breed in the cupboard.
Everything has it's place. I enjoy Whisky Sours, but not Bourbon and Coke so much. I recently tried Manhattans made with WT101. I reasoned that this is much like drinking straight Bourbon, because the Vermouth ratio is much less than a mixed drink, so I used a better bourbon. But the Vermouth sullies the wonderful taste of the Bourbon. I'll end up using the rest of the Vermouth, but won't buy it again.
Conclusion: I'd keep a bottle of an inexpensive bourbon on hand for cooking and my Sours, but since my favorite method of consumption is with a little ice or neat, my every day pour is going to be $25 and up.
What do the rest of ye have to say? What do you consider an "Everyday Pour"? Not from a brand standpoint, but rather, it's place in your method of consumption versus your top-shelvers.
I wish to stress that my comment "To relax with a pour of Old Forester or Beam White, for example, and reflect upon how delicious this is would be ridiculous." is in no way intended to be insulting to these products or anyone who enjoys them. After re-reading my post, I'm afraid that it may be taken as such but no offense whatsoever was intended. Same for brand references. I don't mean to suggest that they're not tasty (see other posts). I was just questioning my own logic at finding an everyday pour, based heavily on price alone.