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    Affordable Bourbons and Ryes for Beginners

    Below are my recommendations for beginners who are just getting into bourbon and don't want to blow a ton of money right away. Most of them should be pretty widely available. Prices vary nationwide, but most should generally be $20-25ish or less.

    These are all high quality bourbons - some rated very highly by veteran members of this site - that are also great values. I can't guarantee you'll like all of them, but I think they will allow you to see the different styles of several different bourbon distilleries.

    I have also included a rye whiskey recommendation for four of the five distilleries.

    Buffalo Trace
    W.L. Weller 7 year old 107 proof
    Buffalo Trace
    W.L. Weller 12 year old
    Eagle Rare Single Barrel*
    Elmer T. Lee*
    Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old 90 proof* (my top recommendation on this list)
    Sazerac Rye*

    Heaven Hill
    Elijah Craig 12 year old
    Evan Williams Single Barrel
    Rittenhouse Rye Bottled-in-Bond* (100 proof)

    Jim Beam
    Jim Beam Black 8 year old*
    Old Grand-Dad Bottled-in-Bond* (100 proof)
    Jim Beam Rye

    Old Forester
    Old Forester 100 Proof/Signature*

    Wild Turkey
    Wild Turkey 101 proof*
    Wild Turkey Rye

    * denotes a personal favorite

    Veterans, please feel free to add similar recommendations to this list.
    Last edited by Sijan; 11-08-2007 at 10:22.

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