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  1. #1
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    Top Five Under $20.00

    Enough of this bourgeois snobbery. I think most, if not all would agree that Old Rip Van Winkle, Brooker's, Blanton's and their ilk are fine Bourbons. Accounting for taste, I have had few poorly made whiskeys of upwards of $50.00/bottle. Let's hear some real debate on value whiskey.

    Setting the limit low (under $20.00), let's hear your top five. In no particular order, here are mine:

    1. Wild Turkey 101.
    2. Evan Williams, 7 y.o.
    3. Four Roses (Perhaps the best whiskey out there for the price. Too bad it's only available in KY & IN.)
    4. Jim Beam Black, 7 y.o. (Sadly, I never did get to try the eight y.o. I have heard from various folks that it was a great bang for the buck.)
    5. Ancient Ancient Age, 10 y.o.

    J. Kiiha


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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    That's an easy one J! Many of my picks are under $15! Here they are in order:

    1) Elijah Craig 94 proof 12 years old.

    2) Old Forester 86 proof is less than $15 & the 100 proof is less than $20.

    3) Ancient Ancient Age 86 proof 10 years old.

    4) Wild Turkey 101.

    5) Jim Beam Black 90 proof 7 years old.

    6) Old Grand-Dad 86 proof is less than $15 and the 100 proof is less than $20.

    I know you only wanted five picks but I couldn't leave out either JB Black or OGD.

    Linn Spencer

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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    Hello. I have not tried many Bourbons under $20 but for thoses I have tried here my list.
    1. 1990 Evan Williams I can get it here in Florida for $19.95
    2. Elijah Craig 12yr Old
    3. Old Grand Dad 100 prood
    4. Wild Turkey 101 proof
    5. Buffalo Trace

    Creggor.


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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    My top 5 under $20 would be:

    Knob Creek $18.50
    Old Grand-Dad BIB $16.50
    Old Weller 12 year $16.50
    Elijah Craig 12 year $16
    Eagle Rare 10 year $15

    If we listed more than 5, I'd say Old Forester 100 @$13.50, and at the other end Elmer T. Lee just misses making the cut, since it costs $20.50.


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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    Prices are so high in Alabama it would be difficult for me to name a top-5 under $20.

    It is interesting to me that I pay about the same as you for Elijah Craig 12-yo (I think it is either $15.99 or 16.99), but Knob Creek costs $32, here.

    I could put some very good whiskeys on my list if I were talking about 375 ml bottles : ) But, that wouldn't be fair.

    The only two I know of for my list would be Old Forester 100 proof and Elijah Craig 12-yo. I haven't yet tried the recommended Ancient Ancient Age 10 yo, although I used to drink it sometimes about 30 years ago.

    Cheers, Tim




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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    Those are good prices. KC is not under $20 here

    Greg
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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    Managed to try a few more bottles and found a few good sale prices since I first wrote my list and I wanted to update it to reflect evolving tastes and prices.
    My current top 5 under $20:

    Knob Creek -still find it for $18.50 or less here...$16.83 lowest sale price
    Elijah Craig 12 year $14.50
    Old Charter 12 year 'The Classic' $15.50
    Old Grand-dad 114 $19.50
    Van Winkle 10 year $19.99

    I live within 5 miles of the Kansas/Missouri state line, there's some interstate competition between the distributors, different prices on either side of the line even within the same retail chains. I take advantage of sale prices on either side of the state line and stockpile good buys when I see em. For instance, I grabbed 1.75 jugs of 10 year Old Charter for $22 this week. Hard to beat at that price.



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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    It sounds like you live in bourbon heaven.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://cowdery.home.netcom.com>--Chuck Cowdery</A>

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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    Carl, the vagaries of pricing are really getting to me. We pay the exact same for Elijah Craig 12 YO, but Knob Creek is $32, here. You only have to pay 58% of that.

    Weird!

    Tim


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    Re: Top Five Under $20.00

    It's hard to argue with your choices, although I personally can do without Four Roses (isn't taste wonderful; 4-R is about at the bottom of my list). Jim Beam black doesn't thrill me all that much either. By the way, the 8-year-old IS available, but you have to find a duty-free store that sells it. I believe the one at Rainbow Bridge (Buffalo, NY to Fort Erie, Ontario) has it. Also, since you indicated that you wanted to get away from the heavy-hitters, I didn't include it, but Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year-old (and its alter-ego, Old Commonwealth) qualifies well within your price bracket.

    Okay, mine (and these are arbitrary, since there are many others that could appear here -- so many good bourbons; only five slots)

    <TR><TD>1. Buffalo Trace </TD><TD></TD><TD>15.99</TD></TR>
    <TR><TD>2. Old Forester 100 proof bonded</TD><TD></TD><TD>15.89</TD></TR>
    <TR><TD>3. Elijah Craig 12-year-old</TD><TD></TD><TD>12.99</TD></TR>
    <TR><TD>4. Wild Turkey 101 proof</TD><TD></TD><TD>13.99</TD></TR>
    <TR><TD>5. Old Weller Antique</TD><TD></TD><TD>17.95</TD></TR>
    </TABLE>
    Please understand that it would be easy to add another five to this list( Old Grand Dad, Maker's Mark, Kentucky Pride, etc.)

    =John=
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