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    Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    What is the best tasting inexpensive bourbon you have ever had? I would say inexpensive is around $15.00 to $18.00 for 750 ml. My hands down choice would be old Fitzgeralds 1849, I believe it was an 8 year 90 proof. I just happened to grab the bottle in the liquor store and bought it because it was only $15.00 but boy was I surprised when I tasted it. Real thick rich maple flavor. Its probably my second favorite pour next to Van Winkle. Anybody else have a favorite cheap one?

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    Any of the Barton varieties; it's just too bad they're not easily available to us Virginians. I've tried ordering a case of the BIB version. Five weeks later, I'm still waiting on big government (VA ABC) to deliver.

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    mmm...I live in upstate NY....I have never seen Barton around here yet...

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    Here in Las Vegas, even in the largest liquor stores (which otherwise have a decent selection of bourbon and other whiskey) I've only seen one BIB bourbon!. I think it might have been Barton's. I recently picked up Old Forester 100 proof because it's bin was still labeled BIB, only to find (at home) the label no longer states this.

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    Brown-Forman took the BIB designation off the 100 proof Old Forester because they felt no one understood the term, i.e., it was irrelevant to consumers. They assure me, however, that it still meets all of the requirements.

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    I'm continually fond of Rebel Yell (80 proof), originally a Stitzel-Weller wheater now marketed by David Sherman Corp. (don't know who distills the bourbon) reputedly using the same mash bill.
    It's $10-$12 per liter, the same range as the VO Bartons.


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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    My two favorite "cheap" bourbons are Weller 12yo at $14.99, and Ancient Ancient Age 10yo at $12.99. If I had no other bourbons the rest of my life, I would die a happy man

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    I agree, I love the Weller 12 year and Rebel Yell is very good as well. I haven't had ancient age yet.

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    Anybody ever had Kentucky Gentleman? I tried it once and it was good, very inexpensive too.

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    Kentucky Gentleman is a Barton brand. It appears in wells here in Chicago. I tried a taste not long ago. Not good.

 

 

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