Everyday Pour is a term we all understand and use constantly, but I'm sure each one of us has an idiosyncratic way of defining it personally, so I thought I'd start a little thread about it. There are some other nice threads about this dangling out there (notably, Tim's from a few years back), but here's my perspective on it -- we welcome yours!
There are basically three different criteria I use to define this: price, drinkability (can I use that without getting sued by Budweiser?) & availability. Price and drinkability are the obvious ones....when I first started drinking bourbon a couple of years ago, Knob Creek was my favorite, but when I wanted to go cheaper, that's how I found Elijah Craig 12yr. Under $20 is my threshold for everyday status. Eventually I liked EC12 better anyway, and as Knob Creek has gone up to $29.99 here and I can still get EC12 sometimes at $16.99 that's a no-brainer. Then, of course, would I want to drink it everyday? Wild Turkey 101 is a great bourbon at a great price that I enjoy very much, but it's not something I'm always in the mood for & the same with stuff like EC18 -- even if it cost $8.99, I couldn't drink it every day. The last thing is that there are a few pours I would consider as my everyday pour in an ideal world, but that I just can't find easily or at all around here and so I hoard & ration them, just as I would a premium bottle.
After that lengthy explanation, here are my everyday pours in my world:
Elijah Craig 12yr
W.L. Weller Special Reserve
and then in a perfect world, I would add:
WT Rye 101
Old Weller Antique 107