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    Very best bourbons under $20

    Now that Christmas is over and we all have impending credit card bills due to arrive in January, what are the best bourbons out there for less than $20?

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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    It is hard to say what are the very best bourbons for under $20 since everyone has different opinions as what is good and what is bad. That being said these are my favorites that are under $20, or right around there like $22-$24 are:

    -Old Forester 100 Proof
    -Ridgewood Reserve 1792
    -Wild Turkey Russel's Reserve
    -Evan Williams Single Barrel
    -Elmer T Lee Single Barrel
    -Buffalo Trace
    -Eagle Rare 10YO 101 Proof
    -Eagle Rare 10YO Single Barrel
    -WL Weller 12 YO
    -Ancient Ancient Age 10 YO
    -Ezra Brooks 15 YO
    -Old Commonwealth 10 YO (if you can still get it)

    And my wife loves it so I'll add Four Roses


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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    I think Mark summed it up nicely, and I would like to emphasize the Weller 12yo and the AAA 10yo. Both are bourbons I would pay twice the price asked and still feel like I got a good deal. Try the Old Forester 100 proof if you can find it with the "Black Diamond" label. One that Mark did not mention is Old Charter 12yo "The Classic". At only $15 or so it's a steal.

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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    A state line divides Kansas City so prices vary widely. Some of these will cost more than $20 at various stores in the metro, but all can be found for sale under $20 somewhere on a regular basis.

    At the $20 price point I can (and do) buy & recommend the following:

    BOURBON
    Old Fitz 1849
    David Nichols 1843
    Makers Mark
    Knob Creek
    Old Forester BIB & 86
    Old Ezra 7 yr
    Elijah Craig 12 yr
    Old Grand Dad BIB & 114
    Wild Turkey 101
    Old Weller 12 yr
    Evan Williams Single Barrel
    Old Charter 10 & 12 yr

    RYE
    Old Overholt Rye
    Wild Turkey Rye

    Raise the price point to $25 and I'll add:

    Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve
    Elmer T. Lee.
    Old Ezra Brooks 12-15 yr
    Old Rip Van Winkle 10 yr
    Van Winkle Rye

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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    I found a pretty good bargain (I think) last week and picked up a coupld of bottles of ORVW 10yr 90pr for 15 bucks apiece. Other stores in the area has the same for 25. But then, almost all the prices you guys give are a lot less than stores around here sell it for. Danged old state of Missouri (pronounced in this case MISERY)

    Dane

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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    Jeff,

    I also agree with the items in Mark's list and glad to see you've added "The Classic"...it is excellent. I'd also like to mention Barton's BIB. It is a good bourbon for the money!

    Bob

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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    That's a pretty representative sub-$20 list. My only addition would be Elijah Craig 12yo. (Beware though...EC12 is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it type of bourbon!)


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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    My only addition would be Elijah Craig 12yo.


    DOH, how could I have left that out! You are right, it is a love it or hate it bourbon Gary. It's one of the few bourbons I can say I only care for if it has a cube or two in it, but nonetheless, it is a very good bourbon for its price. Now let's just hope we don't see its price get inflated in 04'!

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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    Elijah Craig 12yo (snip ) it is a very good bourbon for its price. Now let's just hope we don't see its price get inflated in 04'!
    Just to be on the safe side I bought a couple of 1.75L bottles of EC12yr on sale last week @ $22 each. Roughly $10/750ml for EC 12? Seasonal sale or no, THAT'S a bargain.

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    Re: Very best bourbons under $20

    Oh, that is ironic. In Alabama, December is the only month when they don't run any sales at the ABC stores, because they know they will sell more than usual, anyway. (I just stock up in November.)

    Tim

 

 

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