Anybody up for a little game? Imagine that you have been ordered to lock in the names of just FIVE BOURBONS. These five bourbons will be the ONLY bourbons which you may purchase for the rest of your life. Which bourbons would these be?
For myself, the goal has always been to find value. I'm not a top shelf drinker, nor am I sophisticated in describing bourbon. I'm looking for affordable great taste, and I like high proof. I normally drink neat. Color is very important to me. Dark amber approaching ruby is what I look for. Experience has proven that the darker the hue, the more likely I'm going to approve. The possibility of buying in magnum (1.75L) bottles is nice, but I included one exception in my list. Here are my choices:
Elijah Craig 12 year (94 proof)
Weller Antique (107 proof)
Fighting Cock (103 proof)
Very Old Barton (6 year, BIB, 100 proof)
Old Grand Dad (114 proof)
I could be happy forever with these.