Hey, gang. A friend has asked me to give a presentation about whiskey to his church men's group next Monday. I've decided to restrict it to just bourbon, and the presentation will include a tasting of four or five representative bourbons. I want to go with something a notch up from the real entry-level products, but I don't want to invest too much money in this, although my friend says they will reimburse me. So, I'm trying to come up with a good line-up. I want products characteristic of multiple distilleries, and at least one example of wheat and rye mashbills.
I figure I can do five less-expensive bourbons, or four slightly more-expensive bourbons. Here are some I'm considering right now. My hope is to keep each group relatively similar in proof, so I don't have to worry about diluting anything.
Here are a few I'm considering in the 86 to 90 proof category:
Jim Beam Black
Weller Special Reserve
Eagle Rare SB
Here are candidates in the higher-proof category:
Wild Turkey 101
Old Grand-Dad BIB
Old Fitz BIB
Note: Unfortunately, no VOB varieties are available in my area.
(A perverse part of me realizes that with the same budget I could get Ten High, Evan Williams, Jim Beam White, and a bottle of Stagg.)
Thoughts would be welcome.