All, I am trying to learn about American whiskeys with the idea that we should be able to make whiskey just as good as those Europeans do.

I have been price comparing, and see that a lot of people like the older Bourbons, particularyly those from Buffalo Trace. Unfortunately, most of these cost more than I really want to pay. A lot of the "single barrel" bottlings boast that they use "select grains". So my questions are:

1) Is age or quality of the original grains more important?

2) Is there really a such thing as "select grains"? If so, what does this really mean?

3) Which makers or makes are considered to use the best quality grains in their process?

Thanks,

Andy from Annapolis