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    Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    What's the best bourbon you can buy, where you are, for $10 or less? $20 or less? $30 or less? $40 or less? $50 or less?

    Don't forget to tell us where you are.

    750 ml bottle, price on the shelf (exclusive of added taxes).

    If you want to do it for ryes too, be my guest.

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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    I'm in Lexington, KY. Here's my list:

    $10 or less - Heaven Hill BIB White Label ($9.29)

    $20 or less - OWA ($19.79)

    $30 or less - Weller 12 ($24.99)

    $40 or less - Knob Creek Single Barrel (about $35, I think)

    $50 or less - Blanton's ($49.99)

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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    Currently residing in a small University town in NE Mississippi.

    $10 or less - 86 proof Barton (case discount, of course)

    $20 or less - 100 proof Old Grand Dad (actually less than $15 with a case discount).

    I can't say what I might choose in the other price ranges because I see no reason to pay more than $15.00.

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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    In Chicago

    $10 or less - I don't think I've ever bought a $10 or less 750ml bottle in Chicago. Very Old Barton 90 is probably the closest.

    $20 or less - Larceny (does it still count if I only know of one place where its under $20?)

    $30 or less - Weller 12

    $40 or less - Four Roses Single Barrel

    $50 or less - Rock Hill Farms

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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    I'm in Ohio, but I buy most of my bottles in KY or IN..

    $10- Heaven Hill BIB 6yr... $9.99

    $20- OWA TPS SB... $18.90 when you buy a case//// Mellow Corn.. $19.69 for the family size

    $30- FRSB TPS... $28.50 when you buy a case////Ritt BIB $21.99

    $40- ORVW 107... $39.99

    $50- any of the many FRSB private barreling I've had from TPS or Kahn's.... $49.99

    Of course there are many others, especially in the $30 or less price point, that I really enjoy and drink regularly. The ones listed are my favorite
    Last edited by Phil T; 02-18-2013 at 16:33.
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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clavius View Post
    I'm in Lexington, KY. Here's my list:

    $10 or less - Heaven Hill BIB White Label ($9.29)

    $20 or less - OWA ($19.79)

    $30 or less - Weller 12 ($24.99)

    $40 or less - Knob Creek Single Barrel (about $35, I think)

    $50 or less - Blanton's ($49.99)
    Sounds like Lexington is the place to be.
    ovh

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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    Manheim, Pennsylvania- the land of limited selection via the government owned "State Stores"

    $10 or less- I have plenty of personal favorites, but they are not available in PA! Closest thing would be Heaven Hill white label.
    $20 or less- Ezra Brooks black label 90
    $30 or less- Elijah Craig 12
    $40 or less- Wild Turkey Rare Breed or Knob Creek Rye
    $50 or less- Again, not in PA. Maybe Booker's if you're into rocket fuel in a wood box....
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    Chuck, you've started this thread and the apocalypse thread this month, but have not contributed your own thoughts..What say you??
    The liver is evil. It must be punished...

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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    Charleston, WV

    $10 - I'm a little embarrassed to say I've never bought any local bottles under $10, but I always pick up a few HH 6yr BIB when I'm in KY. I'll have to get something from the bottom shelf this week and see what happens.

    $20 - Elijah Craig 12 is $19.99 around the corner year round. Used to be closer to $15.

    $30 - Buffalo Trace at around $26.99

    $40 - Maybe Knob Creek Single Barrel? $36.99 or so. Can also find FR1B and Baker's sometimes under $40.

    $50 - Booker's at $45.99 no question. I try to always keep one at the house.

    It should be noted that, at least at the moment, we have no OGD BIB or 114, no OWA or W12. One store has WSR for $25, $10 more than in KY. Very few of the big "value" pours, but we do have very low prices on a few things like EC12 and Booker's. Also some pretty great scotch prices, occasionally.

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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clavius View Post
    I'm in Lexington, KY. Here's my list:

    $10 or less - Heaven Hill BIB White Label ($9.29)

    $20 or less - OWA ($19.79)

    $30 or less - Weller 12 ($24.99)

    $40 or less - Knob Creek Single Barrel (about $35, I think)

    $50 or less - Blanton's ($49.99)
    Substitute the W12 for 4R 1B, and the Blantons for RHF and you've got my list.

 

 

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