Gary (aka 'Country')
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." - Mark Twain
"Because Whiskey Matters!" - David Perkins
It probably doesn't really count but I was given a few nips of Red Stag infused bourbon and it was vile and undrinkable.
I have to feel certain that Beam uses their substandard barrels for making Red Stag. For what it's worth, I actually thought it was ok when I tried it. Obviously not something I would drink often, but on ice for a change of pace it wasn't bad.
Ezra Brooks and HH BIB 4-year (gold label) have both been mentioned as undrinkable. I disagree. I think EB (black label, 90 proof, looks alot like Jack Daniels) is very drinkable with an ice cube or two, and no problem at all in a mix. I just tried the HH gold BIB a couple nights ago, and I thought it was very nice, especially for the price. I'll even drink HH 80 on the rocks and enjoy it. The bourbons I avoid are Old Crow (my dad and I call it Old Croak Kentucky Straight Embalming Fluid), and Mattingly & Moore. The Old Croak I had (several years ago) was just rotgut, and I'm not even a Beam hater. It even ruins a 7UP. The Mattingly & Moore is suspiciously sweet, which makes me think something is being covered up with sweetness.
Thank you to everyone who responded to my question with engaging, thoughtful responses. I'm relatively new to bourbon (long time scotch and wine fanatic) and was puzzled by the almost universal acceptance and respect of bourbon at every level of quality and price, and now I know why.
While I did not intend it to be a personal preference thread, I have to give LostBottle credit for the most direct and amusing response.
Corner Creek Reserve tops my list.