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  1. #1
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    Next Bourbon to try ?

    Hi all,
    I am fairly new to bourbons and in need of advise. I have found Buffalo Trace to be my favorite entry level sipper and mixer. I also really enjoy Four Roses Single Barrel and think it is outstanding. Elijah Craig 12 to also be very nice and price friendly. I am mainly a single malt guy, but I am trying to broaden my palate. Is there another bourbon in the small batch range/group that I should try? I don't want to have a several bottles that I wont drink and the bars is not an option for tasting. The few bourbon friends that I have drink out of the big plastic jugs so they wont be of any help.
    I was thinking maybe the Eagle Rare or Woodford Reserve might be worth a go, but I really know nothing about them.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    If you're willing to try a Beam product, my recommendation would be Knob Creek Small Batch ($30 here). If you can spend ten more dollars, try Knob Creek Single Barrel ($40 here). Both of those prices are for 750 ml bottles. Your expenditure may vary depending on location.
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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    Darwin, I'd recommend you visit the bourbon of the month thread. You'll find a treasure trove of expert opinion(s) about just about anything you'll ever find on a liquor store shelf (as well as many others you'll probably won't ever see).

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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    Try a Baker's, a Blanton's and since you enjoyed the Elijah Craig. Try their barrel proof if you can find it. Most of all....enjoy it.

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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    I haven't had ER or WR in a while but I enjoyed them both. Another in that price range that I had recently and enjoyed was Ridgemont Reserve 1792. The BOTM forum is a good suggestion. I have tons on my shelf to try but so far I have found I enjoy the $20 - $30 BIB and Small Batch stuff as much as any of the $40 - $60 stuff I have tried.

    Edit: Russell's Reserve SmB is another good one in that 30 - 40 range and easy to find around me.

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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    I'll second the Beam suggestion. Beam Black 8 yr., OGD 114, or Knob Creek- they're all a bit different. If you want something woodier, Wild Turkey 101 is solid.
    What do you look for in bourbon?

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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    Based on what you like so far I think the ER10 or FRSmB would be good choices. Any of the Weller line you can find (Special Reserve, Antique or 12) are also good ones to branch off to.

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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    Here are a few I'd recommend...
    Wild Turkey Rare Breed (not cheap, but quite nice)
    Henry McKenna 10-year, SB, BIB (not badly priced for a 10-yr, BIB)
    Old Forester Signature (also not badly priced for 100-proof)

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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    I'm not sure where the OP Darwin is from but I would recommend looking for as many bottled in bond selections as he can find. OGDBIB, EWBIB, JBBIB, are three that come to mind.

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    Re: Next Bourbon to try ?

    Quote Originally Posted by t44tq View Post
    I'll second the Beam suggestion. Beam Black 8 yr., OGD 114, or Knob Creek- they're all a bit different. If you want something woodier, Wild Turkey 101 is solid.
    What do you look for in bourbon?
    OGD114 FTW

    Quote Originally Posted by Richnimrod View Post
    Here are a few I'd recommend...
    Wild Turkey Rare Breed (not cheap, but quite nice)
    Henry McKenna 10-year, SB, BIB (not badly priced for a 10-yr, BIB)
    Old Forester Signature (also not badly priced for 100-proof)
    I saw this for the first time tonight and meant to grab one but forgot once my arms were full from all the other stuff I grabbed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grain Belt View Post
    I'm not sure where the OP Darwin is from but I would recommend looking for as many bottled in bond selections as he can find. OGDBIB, EWBIB, JBBIB, are three that come to mind.
    excellent advice.

 

 

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