A few weeks ago I was down in KY travelling for work and thought I'd try bourbon because I was in KY, so I went into the State Store and talked with the people who were in there and they suggested several bottles, but I ended up spending a bit more and getting Jim Beam White Label 7 year old and was surprised it was 10 bucks for a pint when the other were cheaper but I figured it was the name. But I remember my friend drinking Jim Beam when I was in the Navy so I got it.
This stuff I really liked. I put it on ice in the hotel room and thought.... I like this a lot better than the Canadian Mist I had been drinking.
So now I am back in Kansas and went into a small liquor store and they have three shelves high and not too many choices.
I ended up buying some Old Crow because I am cheap and used to drink that when I was in the Navy and I thought that it only cost less than Jim Beam probably because Jim Beam has a better name.
Now I will say this Old Crow cost 10 bucks a liter and it is pretty good, but I think the Jim Beam was better maybe because it was 7 years old instead of 3?
The Old Crow is a little rough. I definitely liked the Jim Beam better. But now I am getting confused about the Seven year old and the Eight. I think it is a Dollar more for the Eight year old Black Label. But the 7 year old and the cheaper Jim Beam I am just learning about, and am going to have to review what they have in the store.
So I want something smoother than the Old Crow and maybe I should go for the Jim Beam Black Label. I read most of the forums last night and got some ideas about trying maybe Evan Williams or something else. First I have to find a liquor store with more choices! I live in Lenexa KS and we have some large liquor stores here so it should not be a problem.
I am looking for suggestions on what to try next. I don't want to spend a lot of money and am wondering what my next bottle should be. I would like to get something say a bit cheaper than the Jim Beam Black Label but that is very good for a new guy to try.
Would that be Evan William Black Label?
How much should you pay for a decent drinkable bourbon? What are the best bourbons for a guy who doesn't want to spend a lot?