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    Rank these in order of your preference:

    Please rank the following in order according to your personal preference. I have not tried any of the bourbons listed.
    I'm trying to find a solid bargain bourbon (receipts from the liquor store for BT, ORVW and ETL have made my wife suspicious). Your input is greatly appreciated!

    1. Old Grand-Dad BIB 100
    2. Ancient Age (80 proof, standard bottling)
    3. Evan Williams Black (86 proof, standard bottling)
    4. Benchmark
    5. Rebel Yell
    X. (insert your favorite inexpensive bourbon <$15)
    Last edited by Dr. François; 12-05-2007 at 22:07.
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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    1, 4, 2, 5, 3 (unless it's 1, 5, 2, 4, 3.).
    Tim

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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    For me hands down Old Grand Dad BIB sits at the top of the list...but here in WA it is at least $5 more than the rest of the bottles on your list going for $19.05. The rest are under $15. Maybe I'm splitting hairs with the price? As far as flavor for price...the rest on the list would be a push for me.
    At least here in WA., my favorite budget Bourbon would be JTS Brown at $11.35 or Henry Mckenna at $13.35, I enjoy both of those more than the remaining 4 on your list.

    Todd

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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    I'll go;

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    x=6 Old Charter 10yo
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    5
    4
    ovh

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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    Rittenhouse Rye BIB
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    5
    "Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough". Mark Twain

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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    Quote Originally Posted by HipFlask View Post
    Rittenhouse Rye BIB
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    I love that whiskey, but it isn't available at all in Michigan. I stock up when I go to Colorado, though.
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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    Quote Originally Posted by T47 View Post
    For me hands down Old Grand Dad BIB sits at the top of the list...but here in WA it is at least $5 more than the rest of the bottles on your list going for $19.05. The rest are under $15. Maybe I'm splitting hairs with the price? As far as flavor for price...the rest on the list would be a push for me.
    At least here in WA., my favorite budget Bourbon would be JTS Brown at $11.35 or Henry Mckenna at $13.35, I enjoy both of those more than the remaining 4 on your list.

    What is JTS Brown? Sounds like a good find!

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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    An update:
    I, over semester break, tried every one of the bottles I mentioned earlier. I should note that this list derived from my desire to find a cheap house pour, not an excellent pour. Here are my comments, in no particular order:

    A.(2). Ancient Age (80 proof)
    The only way I can describe this "bourbon" is to recommend that you shake (in a lead shaker): 1 part vodka, 1 park cheap spaghetti from a ultra-discount supermarket, and 1 part nastiness. Let stand at room temp until you remember it. Drink. Mix with something really sugary.
    I found almost nothing redeeming about this bourbon. I was disappointed because I'm a big BT fan, and this is the low end of the BT line. I guess I know where all of those extra barrels go now...either to kill mice or make AA.

    B.(1). Old Grand-Dad BIB 100 (evaluated at 86)
    This bourbon should not have been in consideration, as it usually runs over 15 bucks a fifth. Thus, I will say that the 100 BIB is damn fine whiskey. The 86 is not to be ignored. Last summer, I took a full bottle over to a BBQ at a friend's house to make whiskey sours. Last week, said friend brought the remaining 1/30th of a bottle back to my house. I tried a neat pour. Good, spicy, yet still needing something to help it out. If you know a Beam White drinker, buy them a bottle of OGD86.

    C.(5). Rebel Yell
    From the SNL sketch, "Who's More Grizzled?," the winner recieves "some salted meats and a bottle of Rebel Yell." Huh. I never got this. It seems like the grizzled old men would be candidates for Fighting Cock, not RY. RY is a decent wheater. Cheaper than MM but no as good as Weller Reserve. I have no complaints. This is a decent wheat whiskey at a good price. If you don't want wheat, don't buy it.

    D.(3). Evan Williams Black (86 proof, standard bottling)
    I have to admit, I really, really like this cheapy. I bought a huge bottle for fifteen bucks. As OscarV writes: it's an underrated whiskey with a great "minty finish." I will always have a bottle of this on hand for any purpose. Once my taste buds are shot from drinking something stronger, EWB fills in nicely to keep me going for the rest of the evening.

    E.(4). McAfee's Benchmark. This is the winner of the group for me. I picked up an extra bottle from ACDetroit this weekend. Upon venturing, it is smooth, elegant, and (most importantly) really cheap. I'm sure it could go into a cocktail, but you can also drink it neat. I'm on my third pour tonight. It tastes as if the AA was given the extra time it so desperately needed to age in order to develop all of the way to a young, yet refined, bourbon of character.
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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    According to the MI LCC these would be my 5 picks

    AA 10Star
    Very Old Barton 90
    Old Forester 86
    Old Grand Dad (your BIB is above the $15 cutoff)
    Old Fitz Prime
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    Re: Rank these in order of your preference:

    1, (4 or 5), 2, 3. I will second all of barturtle's suggestions above and add Heaven Hill BIB.
    Kevin

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