A buddy of mine is relatively new to bourbon and he and I have been doing blind side by sides of my 30 or so bourbons to gauge his taste buds for it. We got into a conversation about the finest bourbons in the world and I told him I'm more a mid-shelf drinker; the most expensive bourbon in my cabinet is Blanton's. I told him the obvious answer of Pappy, although I've never had anything other than Lot B. The only other one I could think of was Stagg. So from an informational standpoint, what would be some of the first-class bourbons that are actually worth the price tag?
Let me clarify that I am happily a middle or even lower shelf drinker. Any of the 3 four roses standard offerings are well enough for me