When I first came to SB, I read some of the "Best Cheap Pours/Bargains" threads, and there I read many folks (not the least of which was Chuck Cowdery) mention JTS Brown and Old Fitzgerald as decent, bottom-shelf bourbons. On a trip through Texas, I picked up a handle of OF and a liter of JTS.
When I got them home, I was startled at how thin, weak, and bad they both were. I couldn't figure it out. I tried hard to like them, but couldn't. "But Chuck Cowdery likes these whiskeys", I thought. "He has a website. They don't give those out to just anyone!"
I went back and re-read those "Best Cheap Pours" threads again, and realized my mistake: what everyone was talking about were the bonded/100 proof versions of those whiskeys. I had grabbed Old Fitz Prime, and JTS 80 proof.
Gosh, they were bad. I ended up cooking with one of them, and infusing the other, I think.