In today's bourbon world, we are increasingly faced with the Iron Triangle constraint. That is, the characteristics of age, proof, and price are becoming hard to find in a single offering.
If forced to make a decision on which two you could have (assuming all three together are not possible), what characteristics come out on top for you?
For me, I'm settling on proof and price. More times than not, I enjoy higher proof offerings that are light on the wallet. Age and proof are not always indicative of quality, but I get more value out of proof than age. A simple example (not completely apples to apples) would be THH and Saz 18. The THH is younger, but higher proof. I prefer it to the Saz 18 in most ways.
Interested in hearing your thoughts!