I don't know that I've ever had a "bad" bourbon in terms of a bottle I thought was just rotten. I've certainly had some that I disliked, but I didn't have the impression that they were toxic swill - just too young and aged on top floors to try to accelerate flavors. I have not found a lot of craft distillers products I thought were great (I'm not counting HW in this category), although I did really like some of Corsair's offerings that they had at KBF in September. Unfortunately some of those were not being sold retail yet - but their "Old Punk" (a pumpkin spiced flavored whiskey) was amazing. Or maybe it just lined up with that early fall weather. The Balcones stuff I've tried I would not bother with (but again, I don't think it was "bad" - just not my thing).