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

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I wonder if, after doing this, you'll be more likely to buy your choice when you have that amount to spend. Will some other products you used to buy fall out? Will you be more likely, if you're Clindt above, to always buy Eagle Rare Single Barrel when you have $30 to spend? And only consider something else if ERSB isn't there, or you're sick of it? Does thinking of your favorite bourbons this way change your buying habits at all?
    To answer you question, I always have ERSB available. As long as I haven't emptied my bottle of ERSB, I will pick up whatever catches my eye. I will probably always keep on hand my <$30, <$40 and <$50 because I like them so much, but variety is the spice of life and I like having several bourbons in each category to choose from.
    I did find one <$10 bourbon today, Benchmark. It is, meh. I guess I'll have to add it to my list a a default, since it is the only Straight Bourbon available to me under $10 ($9.99).

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I wonder if, after doing this, you'll be more likely to buy your choice when you have that amount to spend. Will some other products you used to buy fall out? Will you be more likely, if you're Clindt above, to always buy Eagle Rare Single Barrel when you have $30 to spend? And only consider something else if ERSB isn't there, or you're sick of it? Does thinking of your favorite bourbons this way change your buying habits at all?
    Being the complete nerd/dork that I am, and realizing that availability/pricing differs by market - I started putting together a spreadsheet so I could look at this thread like a poll. Not scientific, or even accurate (since some posts were more specific than others, ie - ORVW 107 which could be the 10 or 12 yr), and some folks listed multiples that were tied (which I picked the first they listed since . . . well, it's MY analysis, so there!) I also had to combine the various store bottling versions (so 4RSB whether from TPS or someplace else all got added together).

    Everyone's taste differ, not to mention what is available to them locally, but I wanted to see what got the most hits in each category - as that might make me consider buying something (or trying something again) that I wouldn't ordinarily buy. Just because I tried something and didn't like it once doesn't mean I won't like it the second time since our tasters are so freaking variable.

    While there are no winners or losers, it definitely highlighted that those who participated have a LOT of respect for 4RSB. In the $40 or less category, almost half of those who responded picked it, where there wasn't near that kind of consensus in any other category. No other bourbon had higher than 26% of responses in their category. And - it prompted me to add OGD BIB to my "must try" list!
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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    Being the complete nerd/dork that I am, and realizing that availability/pricing differs by market - I started putting together a spreadsheet so I could look at this thread like a poll. Not scientific, or even accurate (since some posts were more specific than others, ie - ORVW 107 which could be the 10 or 12 yr), and some folks listed multiples that were tied (which I picked the first they listed since . . . well, it's MY analysis, so there!) I also had to combine the various store bottling versions (so 4RSB whether from TPS or someplace else all got added together).

    Everyone's taste differ, not to mention what is available to them locally, but I wanted to see what got the most hits in each category - as that might make me consider buying something (or trying something again) that I wouldn't ordinarily buy. Just because I tried something and didn't like it once doesn't mean I won't like it the second time since our tasters are so freaking variable.

    While there are no winners or losers, it definitely highlighted that those who participated have a LOT of respect for 4RSB. In the $40 or less category, almost half of those who responded picked it, where there wasn't near that kind of consensus in any other category. No other bourbon had higher than 26% of responses in their category. And - it prompted me to add OGD BIB to my "must try" list!
    I'd be interested to see your "analysis". I've never given the FR line much thought; I've bought a bottle of the regular FR and was not too impressed. I did have some FR1B at a bar and remember thinking it was good, but didn't really give it the attention I could at home. Maybe I should explore the FR line a little more.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I wonder if, after doing this, you'll be more likely to buy your choice when you have that amount to spend. Will some other products you used to buy fall out? Will you be more likely, if you're Clindt above, to always buy Eagle Rare Single Barrel when you have $30 to spend? And only consider something else if ERSB isn't there, or you're sick of it? Does thinking of your favorite bourbons this way change your buying habits at all?
    Ultimately, yes. Right now I am still in a formative bourbon period, so I am still trying things out and establishing preferences. Ultimately, though, I have been more satisfied with some purchases (in terms of value) than others. Especially given my tendency toward brand loyalty in other areas, yeah, I could see myself drinking mostly four or five bourbons on a regular basis. (Too early to say which ones, but EWBIB, FRY, WSR, OGD 114, and FR1B seem like pretty strong front runners)
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    Re: Best Bourbon For $10, $20, $30, $40, $50?

    < $10 = EW Black @ $9.99 (no HH white label available here)
    < $20 = Rittenhouse Rye BIB @ $19.99
    < $30 = Elijah Craig 12 @ $21.99
    < $40 = Noah's Mill @ $34
    < $50 = Rock Hill Farms @ $45
    < $80 = Sazerac 18 @ $72

    The only bottle of Pappy 20 I ever had was bought on vacation in Phoenix about 5 years ago for $84 + tax.
    It took me 15 months to finish it . . . and I cried when I did.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by clindt View Post
    I'd be interested to see your "analysis". I've never given the FR line much thought; I've bought a bottle of the regular FR and was not too impressed. I did have some FR1B at a bar and remember thinking it was good, but didn't really give it the attention I could at home. Maybe I should explore the FR line a little more.
    When you say "regular" 4R, I assume you mean Yellow Label at 80pr? Yes sir, get yourself a bottle of Single Barrel and explore it over a one month period.

    It did not surprise me in the least that 4R1B was everyones' choice at that price point. I also expected to see lots of OGD and OWA, but 4R1B is one thing most of us agree on.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    When you say "regular" 4R, I assume you mean Yellow Label at 80pr? Yes sir, get yourself a bottle of Single Barrel and explore it over a one month period.

    It did not surprise me in the least that 4R1B was everyones' choice at that price point. I also expected to see lots of OGD and OWA, but 4R1B is one thing most of us agree on.
    Yes, it was the Yellow Label 80pr. It's not that it was a bad pour, just lacked any distinction. I'll keep and eye out for FR1B and pick up a bottle.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by black mamba View Post
    < $10 = EW Black @ $9.99 (no HH white label available here)
    < $20 = Rittenhouse Rye BIB @ $19.99
    < $30 = Elijah Craig 12 @ $21.99
    < $40 = Noah's Mill @ $34
    < $50 = Rock Hill Farms @ $45
    < $80 = Sazerac 18 @ $72

    The only bottle of Pappy 20 I ever had was bought on vacation in Phoenix about 5 years ago for $84 + tax.
    It took me 15 months to finish it . . . and I cried when I did.
    Lucky you. Those are all good prices.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Lucky you. Those are all good prices.
    I have a friend who works at a liquor store- I get 10% off everything.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by black mamba View Post
    The only bottle of Pappy 20 I ever had was bought on vacation in Phoenix about 5 years ago for $84 + tax.
    It took me 15 months to finish it . . . and I cried when I did.
    I bought my only bottle of PVW 20yr FR in 2008. I still have about a 1/4 of the bottle left. I'll probably cry when it's gone
    Well, how can it not be McCormick's, the $7 well bourbon of the finest dive bars? Tastes like kerosene and sadness.

 

 

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