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    New to Bourbon

    Hey all - I'm new to both Bourbon and this board. The derby got me thinking about Bourbon today - wondering what folks would recommend in the 20-30 range?

    After reading the this board for a bit earlier today, I went to the local supermarket to see what they had. Got some Bulleit for about 22 bucks - sipping some with ice at the moment - tastes pretty good. And I've had Woodford in the past - the Bulleit is more to my taste.

    Any suggestions?

    One other question - I've purchased two separate bottles of woodford (maybe a year or two ago) - the two bottles tasted different. Is that to be expected with Bourbon?

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    Re: New to Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepies View Post
    Hey all - I'm new to both Bourbon and this board. The derby got me thinking about Bourbon today - wondering what folks would recommend in the 20-30 range?
    In addition to what you have already tried:
    Eliajh Craig 12-year-old
    Evan Williams Single Barrel
    Eagle Rare Single Barrel
    Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel
    Maker's Mark
    Ridgemont Reserve 1792
    Knob Creek
    Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve
    Weller 12-year-old
    Old Grand-Dad 114

    After reading the this board for a bit earlier today, I went to the local supermarket to see what they had. Got some Bulleit for about 22 bucks - sipping some with ice at the moment - tastes pretty good. And I've had Woodford in the past - the Bulleit is more to my taste.

    Any suggestions?

    One other question - I've purchased two separate bottles of woodford (maybe a year or two ago) - the two bottles tasted different. Is that to be expected with Bourbon?
    With Woodford, yes, but not with bourbon generally.

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    Re: New to Bourbon

    Chuck has a pretty well rounded out list there. I would add Van Winkle Lot B (~$35), Fighting Cock and Weller Antique.
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    Re: New to Bourbon

    Went to the store and bought Makers Mark, Billeit, and WT Rare Breed. All good stuff. Thanks guys.

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    Re: New to Bourbon

    Knob Creek is among the best Bourbons I've ever had. And I've had quite a few. As far as readily available Bourbon (not special order), Knob Creek is the smoothest. It's a little more expensive than Jim Beam and Wild Turkey. My second favorite is Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Excellent!
    Did you ever notice how well Bourbon goes with popcorn? Ever since I quit smoking cigars and my pipe, I've been eating popcorn with my Bourbon.

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    Re: New to Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by SlowEddy View Post
    Did you ever notice how well Bourbon goes with popcorn? Ever since I quit smoking cigars and my pipe, I've been eating popcorn with my Bourbon.
    No, I hadn't. Next time I go to the movies I may need to take a bottle of Booker's with me.

    Sleepies, SlowEddy, welcome to the board!!

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    Re: New to Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by HighTower View Post
    No, I hadn't. Next time I go to the movies I may need to take a bottle of Booker's with me.
    I like how you think!
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    Re: New to Bourbon

    I'd add Buffalo Trace to the 'Bang for your Buck' list.

 

 

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