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    Value for the money

    As I was enjoying tonights pour of Old Grand Dad BIB, I was thinking that this has to be the best $15 Bourbon out there. Then I got to thinking about the other values in my collection regardless of price points. Here goes, my best for the money list;

    $10 Old Forrester
    $15 Old Grand Dad BIB
    $20 Buffalo Trace (this one is hard)
    $25 EWSB
    $30 Sam Houston
    $35 WT Rare Breed
    $40 Bookers
    $45 GTS
    $50 Eagle Rare 17

    Ok, have at it. Oh yeah and for you guys overseas, sorry to rub it in.

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    Re: Value for the money

    (this one is hard)
    Please explain. Do you mean hard to obtain?

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: Value for the money

    $11 Ancient Ancient Age 10yo
    $15 Weller 12yo
    $16 Buffalo Trace
    $22 Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve
    $23 ORVW 10yo 107 proof
    $29 Rare Breed
    $35 Pappy 15yo
    $39 George T. Stagg (any Year)
    $42 Eagle Rare 17yo
    $42 Kentucky Spirit

    That's a rough cross-section of what I consider "value bourbons", that is, bourbons that are well worth what they cost. Prices are local to Lexington, KY and are all within easy driving distance of the Bourbon Festival.

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    Re: Value for the money

    (this one is hard)
    Please explain. Do you mean hard to obtain?

    No I meant that there are a lot of very good $20 Bourbons, Corner Creek and WT101 and Knob Creek are all excellent too.

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    Re: Value for the money

    $11 Ancient Ancient Age 10yo
    $15 Weller 12yo
    $16 Buffalo Trace
    $22 Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve
    $23 ORVW 10yo 107 proof
    $29 Rare Breed
    $35 Pappy 15yo
    $39 George T. Stagg (any Year)
    $42 Eagle Rare 17yo
    $42 Kentucky Spirit
    How sad. Of the bourbons listed here, only ONE, Rare Breed, is available to me in Washington.



    My favored "budget bourbons" are:

    $11.95 Evan Williams 7YO
    $13.95 Old Ezra 101

    These two are decent bourbons with bottom-shelf price tags. EW7, imo, is an unpretentious liquor, but one of the best values on the shelf. Sometimes it's hard to resist the temptation to spend just a few dollars more on something truly GOOD, like Elijah Craig 12YO (which can be had on sale for $16.95 here.)

    People define "budget" differently, I guess. I envy those who consider Rare Breed a budget bourbon... I'd have it in my house all the time, but at almost $35, I can't justify it.

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    Re: Value for the money

    Ah ha! I see. I missed your focus on price points. I should have realized that those regular $5 increments weren't an accident.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: Value for the money

    No I meant that there are a lot of very good $20 Bourbons, Corner Creek and WT101 and Knob Creek are all excellent too.
    You can find Knob Creek for $20? It's around $28 for me.

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    Re: Value for the money

    Ok, have at it. Oh yeah and for you guys overseas, sorry to rub it in.
    Of all of these, the only ones available down under are (with approximate prices):
    $25 EWSB - $45au
    $30 Sam Houston - $80au
    $35 WT Rare Breed - $55au
    $40 Bookers - $85au
    To compare, a 700ml bottle of Jim Beam White Label retails for around $25-35au depending on whether it's on special..

    My current list of Australian bargains would be as follows -
    $25-35au Jim Beam White Label
    $45au EWSB
    $50au EC 12yo
    $55au WT Rare Breed
    $55au Woodford Reserve
    $90au ORVW 13yo Rye (plus approx $13 shipping, and the stock is fast running out )

    $11 Ancient Ancient Age 10yo
    $15 Weller 12yo
    $16 Buffalo Trace
    $22 Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve
    $23 ORVW 10yo 107 proof
    $29 Rare Breed
    $35 Pappy 15yo
    $39 George T. Stagg (any Year)
    $42 Eagle Rare 17yo
    $42 Kentucky Spirit

    Do any of these stores (that sell at such a good price) have online ordering?

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    Re: Value for the money

    Yipes! I thought I had it bad. Those are some steep prices, down there... But then, I suppose Bourbon is a somewhat exotic import in Australia, eh? Tell me, is Scotch similarly priced? In the USA, good Scotch is typically much higher priced than good bourbon.

    BTW, Cameron, I grew up in Brisbane. Your name is very, very Australian. Brings back memories of all the Camerons and Duncans I knew as a kid.




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    Re: Value for the money

    Scotch gets far worse, however like everything, you'll have your bottom-shelf scotches at the same price as your JB white, JD#7 etc around the $25 mark.
    Here Lagavulin 12 costs $89, Dalwhinnie costs $69, Highland Park 12 costs $60, Laphroaig costs $90, and Oban costs $79. Jonnie Walker black costs $40, Johnnie Walker Blue costs $299.

    Some of Cam's prices are cheap, but I can get Small Batch cheap nearby (just haven't done it yet)

    My price killers:
    $29 - EW7/JBBlack
    $35 - WT86
    $39 - EC12
    $45 - EWSB
    $50 - WT8 101
    $55 - Knob Creek
    $60 - Rare Breed/Bakers
    $65 - Woofford Reserve
    $70 - Bookers

 

 

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