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    Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    Ohio is a regulated state, the government states what can be sold at what price. I'm looking for a straight bourbon (no blend) that is less than $15 per 750ml that will be used for mixed drinks, but that I wouldn't mind sipping. With my list below of what is available, what would your recommend? Also, what would you like to try? Finally, what would you stay away from? Thanks!

    Ancient Age 750ml $11.00
    Ancient Ancient Age L $14.00
    Benchmark Bourbon 8 year $9.80
    Early Times 750ml $12.6
    Echo Springs L $13.50
    Evan Williams 750ml $11.95
    Ezra Brooks 750ml $12.95
    Heaven Hill Old Style L $14.00 green label 40%
    Kentucky Tavern $9.80 750ml
    Mark Twain L $11.50
    Mattingly and Moore L $11.50 (I think this is a blend)
    Old Crow L $11.90
    Old Crow Traveler 750mL $10.65
    Old Grand Dad (40%) 13.75
    Rebel Yell 750ml $14.95

    Some outliers to consider:
    Old Ezra 101 750ml 7yr $15.25
    Only BIB straight whiskey that I'm aware of under $15 is Mellow Corn (not a bourbon) 750ml $12.95
    JTS Brown (only 1.75L) $21.50

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    Re: Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    You can get Evan Williams BIB. I can't remember the price but I believe it is around $13. AAA 10-Star is certainly worthwhile. For about $17 you can also get OGD 100.

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    Re: Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    Sub 15 is a tough place to shop for a sipper. Evan Williams would be my choice from the Ohio list. We used to have JTS Brown 100 which would have been my choice.

    If you roll into a sub 20.00 range, Old Grand Dad bottled in bond would make the cut and would be my choice. It is in the 18.00/750 range depending on your taxes.

    Don't forget that compared to the 80 proof version it is "bourbon concentrate" so you can add a bit of water to bring the proof down to 90 and you're right around your 15.00 limit.
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    Re: Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    Bourbon concentrate, I like that. Be mindful Benchmark is not 8 years old, that big honking 8 on the label doesn't mean squat. Of the ones listed I would go with Evan Williams black label or JTS Brown BIB.
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    Re: Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    Here are my so-called thoughts. AA isn't bad as a mixer, and I've even sipped it for the heck of it. It's Sahara dry. If Ancient AA is available, I'd be all over that. EW is good, but if you can get EWBiB as chrisg notes, that's the best of the bunch, imo. I also like Old Ezra 101.

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    JTS Brown BiB in Ohio at this time.

    EW BiB white label in the 16.00 range. That's another "concentrate" option.

    AAA 10* is on the list at the 1L so that's a deal.

    For reference, I picked up 11/12ths of a case of Ritt BiB for 11 and change per bottle about 5 years ago. That ship has obviously sailed, but the sub 15 list was better then.
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    Re: Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    JTS Brown BiB in Ohio at this time.

    EW BiB white label in the 16.00 range. That's another "concentrate" option.

    AAA 10* is on the list at the 1L so that's a deal.

    For reference, I picked up 11/12ths of a case of Ritt BiB for 11 and change per bottle about 5 years ago. That ship has obviously sailed, but the sub 15 list was better then.
    Ritt for $11? Wow, I was happy to get it at $25.

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    Re: Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    Thanks for your replies.

    For reference: https://www.comapps.ohio.gov/liqr/li...encyBrand.aspx

    EW BIB isn't available in Cuyahoga, neither is JTS Brown BIB. OGD BIB (100) is $18.75 so it's out of my constraints. I'd rather spend a little more an get a EC12 which I love. I have an Evan Williams single barrel that I just don't like, so I hesitate to get EW black. Rittenhouse isn't available. I really listed what is available in that price range.

    So far I have a couple votes for EW Black, a couple for AAA, and one for Old Ezra 101.
    Last edited by jankdc; 08-20-2014 at 18:55.

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    Re: Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    of that list, Id personally grab the Ezra 101 and the green Heaven Hill 90
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    Re: Cheap Bourbon in Ohio What would you recommend? What would you try?

    Hmm, I read the list as the regular 90 proof Ezra but if it's the 101 yes, add that.
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