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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?

    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?

    The Ancient Ancient Age 10yo -- not to be confused with the 10-Star, which is just 6 years old -- currently is only marketed in Kentucky and Virginia. I always buy a bottle anytime I pass through KY which, fortunately, is right next door. I've read (perhaps on these forums) that it is Buffalo Trace master distiller Gary Gayheart's favorite, so likely will continue to be produced in its somewhat limited quanities.

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    Cast my vote for Buffalo Trace. Catch a sale and it's $12.99/750ml in Maryland. Honorable mentions need to go out to Ancient Ancient Age 10yo ($9.90/750ml) and VOB BIB (not available in VA, but was $9.99/750ml in KY).

    IMO, all three of these are superb and very affordable!

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    Re: Best tasting inexpensive bourbon?

    That's a very good sale price for a great bourbon Gary! I agree, BT is a good choice as is AAA 10yo. I also like Weller 12yo for the price, it is for the price.

 

 

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