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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Grayslake, Illinois

    New member with a quick question

    Hi all, great forum you have here. During the last several months I have sampled some really good bourbon such as Rare Breed, Buffalo Trace, Knob Creek and Old Rip 10/107. A few weeks back I purchased a bottle of OGD BiB and was quite happy with it. Not the most complex bourbon but I like the straightforward approach sometimes! Now I am on the lookout for "bang for the buck" bourbons. So what is your favorite pour for under $20 a bottle? There is a Binnys 15 min. from my house so I am blessed with an excellent selection.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Chicago SW 'burbs
    Some good buys:
    • Weller 12/90
    • Weller Antique 7/107
    • Ancient Ancient Age 10yo (Binny's is one of the few places outside of Kentucky you'll find it)
    • George Dickel #12 (technically not bourbon, but close enough)
    • Old Fitzgerald BIB
    • Rittenhouse Rye BIB (my local Binny's only has the 80 proof version, though I've seen the BIB at other locations)
    • Buffalo Trace (right at the $20 mark)
    • Wild Turkey 101 (ditto, have seen it cheaper elsewhere though)
    • WT Rye (as with WT 101)
    • Virginia Gentleman 90 (just above $20)
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Northern Kentucky
    Definitely Buffalo Trace. Also Elmer T. Lee single barrel (sometimes on sale at or near your price point).
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Decatur GA
    Two under $20 bourbons come to mind to be classed with the OGD BIB. Old Charter 12 year is probably under $20 for you (a buck or two more than the OGD here), and any Very Old Barton (the 90 proof at $10 is what's here).

    You might try Old Overholt rye. I think it has a unique character, but suffers from a low proof. And don't forget, especially when you start talking about "for the money," everything on the shelf is someone's favorite.


  5. #5
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    This is an oft-asked question here, so some searching using terms such as "value" might yield some good answers. Here are some that come to my mind, including some that have already been mentioned.

    Old Forester 100 proof
    Rittenhouse Rye Bottled-in-Bond
    Weller 12-Year-Old
    Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond
    Old Fitzgerald 1849
    Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10yr.
    Elijah Craig 12-year-old
    Jim Beam Black Label

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Decatur GA
    In addition to all of the above, since you like the OGD BIB, here the OGD 114 is about $22 compared to $17 for the BIB, a difference I gladly pay. I think the 114 is definitely that much more whiskey, and it's not the alcohol; you barely notice the proof. So if you're willing to stretch your $20 a bit, you might find a favorite.


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Ditto the OGD 114º and WT Rye 101º You might also like Fighting Cock 103º though not all are as enamored with it as I am....it is well under your $20 mark though.
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  8. #8
    Bourbonian Of The Year 2013 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Just East of the Big Chicken, GA
    I would recommend the Evan Williams Single Barrel. The 1996, which is on most shelves now, is excellent for around $20. If your store has the 1994 version still available, grab that one too! It's a favorite of mine.

    Also, if you already haven't done so, you might as well start clearing out a place for your new bunker! These bottles tend to multiply....rapidly!


  9. #9
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Berkeley, CA
    Joe is right- EWSB is a great buy. Anything with "Evan Williams" on the label is good stuff, including the 7 yo and the 1783 (which I like, but some here don't). I think the Evan Williams line is the best value in bourbon, with the possible exception of OGD 114.

    Someone recommended Dickel 12 early on, and though it isn't bourbon, it gets my vote for the best whiskey under 20 bucks. Jack who?

    OGD products are also very solid- I agree with the comment above- consider spending 2 or 3 bucks more to get the 114. I water it down just a bit, so it goes farther, and it's quality bourbon.

  10. #10


    I am fairly new to the bourbon world, but here's what I've found:

    (1) Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 Year Old - I paid $19.99 for this, so it's at the top of your price point. As of today, this is my favorite bourbon, and the only one I really enjoy neat (the rest I put on the rocks. this is also good on the rocks).

    (2) Maker's Mark - In california we can get this for about $17.99 a bottle, or $33 for a 1750 from costco. Great stuff. This was what got me into bourbon, and I still really like it.

    (3) Elijah Craig 12 Year Old - Some people (like me) really enjoy this, others not so much. I am wondering if it's simply not very consistent, because I don't experience the same flavors that others point out as not caring for. I paid $15.99 for it though, so it's hard to complain.

    (4) Elmer T Lee - I pay $16.99 for a bottle of this, and I do like it, although not as much as others around here do. I have listed these four bourbons in MY order of preference. Your mileage may vary

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