I live in Michigan where there is a decent, but not great Bourbon selection. I have seen dozens of bottlings recommended throughout the forum that aren't available here.
Having recently exhausted what Michigan has to offer in the under $50 category, I am planning a trip which should take me through Kentucky this Winter, and would like to pick up a few bottles that I haven't tried before. I was hoping some of you could offer some advice on some good purchases that would fit my tastes.
My current favorites are Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye and Very Special Old Fitzgerald.
Here's a list of what I have tried, more or less:
Jim Beam - Everything
Wild Turkey - Everything
Makers - 90
Brown Foreman - Most
Buffalo Trace - Buffalo Trace, a few Van Winkles, & Blantons
Heaven Hill - Elijah Craig, Evan Williams Black, Henry McKenna, Old Fitz, Old Fitz VSOF,
Barton - Only Ten High
David Sherman - Nothing
United Distillers - Nothing
Four Roses - Bulleit
So as you can see, I am really lacking in bottlings from Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill, Barton, David Sherman, United Distillers, & Four Roses.
Based on this, if I wanted to buy a few bottles that I haven't tried, what should I have on my shopping list. I'd like to spend ~$35/bottle or less. They don't have to be the absolute best bottlings, just good ambassadors of their distilleries.