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    Best bourbons under $40

    In response to today's article, I want to suggest Benchmark as a low-cost, high value bourbon (similar to Evan Williams Black label). It's made by Buffalo Trace, and it is their "entry-level" bourbon.

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    I've recently discovered Buffalo Trace and love it. One that was missed that's excellent for about $30 a bottle is Woodford Reserve.

    After being devoted to scotches for years, my tastes seem to be trending to bourbon the last year or two. Maybe it's because they are a better value?
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    As a total noob when it comes to bourbon, I thought the article today was a great resource. The article might even be enough to get me out of drinking beer only.

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    Weller Antique 107 is fantastic if you can find it. Eagle Rare is good and widely available but closer to $40 bottle. Old Grand Dad Bottled-in-Bond is cheap, widely available and makes a good base for an Old Fashioned.

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    Splurge and buy Blanton's. John Wick drinks it, and so shall I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shade View Post
    Splurge and buy Blanton's. John Wick drinks it, and so shall I.
    Blanton's is hard to find at liquor stores here in the DC area. Another comparable high end one that is easier to find is Angel's Envy. For a more budget-friendly bourbon I've always had a soft spot for Wild Turkey 101. It's probably most comparable to the Bulleit as it has a fair amount of rye in the grain bill that gives it lots of nice spicey notes. Currently my shelf has Buffalo Trace on it and that is pretty nice too. Also Breakfast Rye from Gray Skies distillery in my home town of Grand Rapids, MI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark4 View Post
    Blanton's is hard to find at liquor stores here in the DC area. Another comparable high end one that is easier to find is Angel's Envy. For a more budget-friendly bourbon I've always had a soft spot for Wild Turkey 101. It's probably most comparable to the Bulleit as it has a fair amount of rye in the grain bill that gives it lots of nice spicey notes. Currently my shelf has Buffalo Trace on it and that is pretty nice too. Also Breakfast Rye from Gray Skies distillery in my home town of Grand Rapids, MI.
    If you ask a local store to order it, they will usually accommodate you. Blanton's is made at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, so it should be relatively easy for them to get.

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    Just tried Buffalo trace for the first time and it is definitely worth it. It's the best $20 - 30 dollar bourbon I've had. When I'm feeling cheap, Four Roses is my go-to. At under $20, it's great. If you are looking for something unique and can find it, try Hudson's baby bourbon. It's more expensive at $50 but I believe its close to 100% corn in the mash bill. It takes some getting used too but I find it gives me perspective when trying other bourbons now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark4 View Post
    Another comparable high end one that is easier to find is Angel's Envy.
    Yes, very good--I have a bit left in a bottle of this that a partner gifted me when I left my old firm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark4 View Post
    Blanton's is hard to find at liquor stores here in the DC area. Another comparable high end one that is easier to find is Angel's Envy. For a more budget-friendly bourbon I've always had a soft spot for Wild Turkey 101. It's probably most comparable to the Bulleit as it has a fair amount of rye in the grain bill that gives it lots of nice spicey notes. Currently my shelf has Buffalo Trace on it and that is pretty nice too. Also Breakfast Rye from Gray Skies distillery in my home town of Grand Rapids, MI.
    Second almost all this (except I've never had Breakfast Rye) -- Blantons is impossible to find from my experience now. Used to be everywhere. Not sure on pricing (NYC pricing messes me up), but Michter's small batch is pretty delicious and worth a try. My go-to is still Bulleit bourbon for stocking my home shelf with something 'normal' and go-to.

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