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    Price Factor in buying bourbon

    A $100 bottle of bourbon is equivalent to a $30 bottle of wine in cost per drink (alcohol equivalent drinks). If you buy a 100 proof or cask strength then it's more like a $120-$150 bottle of bourbon is equivalent to a $30 bottle of wine.

    And who hasn't bought a $30 wine (or more).

    I recently bought a bottle of bourbon for $225 - That's really only like drinking a $65 wine bottle.

    And if you think about the myriad great $30-$60 bottles of bourbon, that's really like buying wine for $10-$20 a bottle.

    Tell that to the spouse if you have to justify why you spent so much.

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    Yeah, and she'll tell me that my $17 bottle of Buffalo Trace is "roughly" equivalent to a $150 pair of Jimmy Choos.

    Edit: I'm sorry, I have just been informed that there is no way in hell she could get a pair of Jimmy Choos for less than $250. But she concedes that they would be worth at least a bottle of Stagg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ123
    A $100 bottle of bourbon is equivalent to a $30 bottle of wine in cost per drink (alcohol equivalent drinks). If you buy a 100 proof or cask strength then it's more like a $120-$150 bottle of bourbon is equivalent to a $30 bottle of wine.

    And who hasn't bought a $30 wine (or more).

    I recently bought a bottle of bourbon for $225 - That's really only like drinking a $65 wine bottle.

    And if you think about the myriad great $30-$60 bottles of bourbon, that's really like buying wine for $10-$20 a bottle.

    Tell that to the spouse if you have to justify why you spent so much.
    You know...I LIKE this math, even if it works or not! I already told her...lol

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    That Didn't work

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    Yeah, and she'll tell me that my $17 bottle of Buffalo Trace is "roughly" equivalent to a $150 pair of Jimmy Choos.

    Edit: I'm sorry, I have just been informed that there is no way in hell she could get a pair of Jimmy Choos for less than $250. But she concedes that they would be worth at least a bottle of Stagg!
    She counted, 1 Stagg, The WT Tribute, 2 Blanton's and a Booker's.

    We are off to the mall and she's as determined as I have ever seen her.

    I'm concerned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBOmarc
    She counted, 1 Stagg, The WT Tribute, 2 Blanton's and a Booker's.

    We are off to the mall and she's as determined as I have ever seen her.

    I'm concerned.
    oh geez...this thread could open up a can of worms if we don't handle it right!

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    AJ, I like your logic but it went over about as well as when I tried to convince her that since she is a teacher and had summers off I should be able to retire 3-4 years earlier than her to make up for all of her off time.

    The wine thing didn't go over since I have over 200 bottles stored away right now. I have found some relief by showing her that my average cost of a bottle of bourbon has been cheaper than what I was spending for Scotch <G>.

    Tom

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    Except that we're not buying bourbon just to acquire alcohol...otherwise we should go for the cheapo plastic handles of vodka to get the most alcoholic bang for the buck

    You're right about a bourbon bottle lasting longer than a wine bottle b/c the serving size is smaller. Also, it can store longer. But bourbon and wine, while both alcoholic drinks, have pretty different roles. Many more people will drink wine, and in a wider variety of contexts, than will drink bourbon - I can serve wine to guests who wouldn't consider having a sip of bourbon, and I think it's much more common to have a glass of wine with a meal then a pour of bourbon (and for good reason, IMO).

    So, I'm not sure alcohol equivalency is how to measure the cost of things - my girlfriend will enjoy bottles of wine I purchase, but won't enjoy bourbon, and I think that's a fairly common situation. If we were married, I'm quite certain the "well, it's no more expensive on an alcohol-equivalency" argument just wouldn't fly.
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    Point, Counterpoint

    Agreed up to a point, but if a given product starts out at 120 proof and is watered down for sale to the consumer at 80 proof, the flavor is watered down right along with the alcohol. By every measure except packaging and handling, the consumer is getting less value.

    OTOH, I agree that it would be absurd to declare Everclear "better" or a "better value" than Elmer T. Lee based on a comparison of alcohol content.

    In regard to what will or will not fly with one's S.O., I will leave that to less humbled men than myself.

    [P.S. I recall seeing your tag line before. Were you a member here under a different name long ago?]

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    Sounds like good logic to me. A bottle of wine will last one couple a single meal . That bottle of primo bourbon will be savored for weeks. As could, I suppose, one's wife in a pair of Jimmy Choos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesbassdad
    [P.S. I recall seeing your tag line before. Were you a member here under a different name long ago?]
    I'm not Sijan, but it's a variation on a quote from W.C. Fields, sometimes also rendered as, "What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?"

    He also famously said, "I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast."

    And many other memorable lines.

    Jeff
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