While I was on vacation, (the reason, btw, that you all haven't heard from me in a couple weeks,) I happened to be in a Safeway supermaket in Phoenix, AZ. I was perusing the shelves of BOOZE, (which isn't sold at grocery stores in WA,) and I stumbled across what was, to me, a strange thing. Safeway Select brand straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey, aged 8 years, 86 proof. Now, I know that Safeway doesn't operate a distillery in Kentucky. Well, I looked at it, in its stately, tall square bottle, and it had a nice color to it, and said it was eight years old, and best of all IT WAS ONLY $10.99 !!! I bought it and put a purposeful dent in it, but had to leave the remainder with my in-laws. I thought it was pretty darn good. If it were available in my area at that price, it would be my every-day bourbon, no questions asked.
My question to you knowledgeable bourbonophiles is, of course: What is this bourbon, really, when not packaged and sold as Safeway Select brand?