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    Good list of solid value bourbons I thought, and sounds like i need to keep an eye out for Horse Solider.

    Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare are generally my everyday go-to's (I agree with everything you said about ER @abh159), but Wild Turkey 101 is great stuff for the $20-$25 price range. I'm not all that into rye but their 101 Rye is really good too. I do need to try more of the Wild Turkey line-up in general (I usually end up gravitating toward the BT line-up), last night I picked up some WT Kentucky Spirit that I'm looking forward to opening. I was also able to grab a bottle of Taylor Small Batch, which I used to see everywhere but is definitely becoming harder to find around here.

    On the wheater side, I've tried and enjoyed the RC6 a lot, but I'm not sure if I enjoyed it $60's worth. I tried Larceny for the first time recently and liked it, seems like it could be a decent substitute if/when my Weller Special Reserve ever runs out.

    In the "next level" range, I'll put in a plug for Old Forester 1920, I usually see it for $60 and it's fantastic.

    In the "good friends or special occasions only" category, I've been lucky enough to find OWA, Weller 12-yr, Blantons, and Elmer T. Lee over the last year or so, after a long dry spell, but yeah, nursing those for all they're worth, especially the ETL.

    I've only had Van Winkle once, was able to try the full line-up at a tasting 3 or 4 years ago. To be honest while I liked them all, the 20 was the only one that I thought would be worth the $ - but maaaaannnnnn it's good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcadamsandwich View Post
    Yeah, EHT is rarely seen on shelves here in Nashville these days. If you're in the market for a similar value, New Riff is where it's at. Also, they're just across the river from you in Cincinnati!
    I forgot about New Riff above but I'll second the recommendation, very good stuff.
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    I really need to grab a couple more bottles of Elijah at the class six. That's my "daily go-to" alongside Buffalo Trace. Both are easily under 20 a bottle, and both are currently very well stocked on the shelves at my local....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    I support the inclusion of Wild Turkey products in the article. I am a huge fan of a lot of the Buffalo Trace products (ER, anything EHT, OWA, W12, Stagg Jr, Hancock's, BTAC, etc), but the hype, gouging, and unavailability is just insane. Wild Turkey has several excellent offerings that are available just about anywhere, anytime. For my tastes, Rare Breed is one of the most underrated bourbons around.

    BTW, am I the only one that is over drinking out of a dainty glencairn glass or a spittoon i.e. neat glass? Just pour me two fingers in a rocks glass, please.
    Yeah, I have a bottle of Four Roses (the standard issue not some special small batch or super aged version) and a bottle of that Russel Reserve on my shelf right now, but have been a Wild Turkey 101 fan since I was in college in the late-1980s/early '90s. Back then it was not thought of as the best but most people were drinking Jim Beam (not as good) or Gentleman Jack if they felt like splurging. Old Crow was popular I think because it was cheap.

    I like the spiciness of Wild Turkey and so does my wife. Really do think it's one of the best buys in bourbon. That 10 year Russel Reserve is a mellowed out version which is nice and although it's a step up from 101 in price is still eminently affordable. Four Roses is not bad either but I like Wild Turkey better.

    It's getting hard to find Buffalo Trace around the DC area. I like it but I like Turkey offerings just as much...actually there are a lot of bourbon brands that are perfectly fine but don't get the hype the Buffalo Trace line does...what a marketing coup for them. Not sure how they pulled it off but it's impressive.
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    I can vouch that Elijiah Craig small batch is still very good for the price, probably the last hold out on affordable aged bourbon. Bernheim Original is still on of my favorite wheated whiskeys. Blantons does seem to be coming down in price, at least around here, which is a very good thing. I used to buy it for less than $40!

    I find it difficult to bring myself to try new bourbons. A lot of the new stuff is a premium price for average whiskey or stuff they didn't even produce.

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    Big fan of Weller Special Reserve if i can find it. Hard to beat the quality or the price.



    New liquor store opened up down the street. Went in to ask if they had any Wellers. They didn't, but was promised that they were due a shipment (last) Friday and they would hold a bottle for me. They didn't. The search continues.

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    Buffalo Trace with my buddy to cap off the night (and ring in the 4-day weekend).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideswipe View Post
    Good list of solid value bourbons I thought, and sounds like i need to keep an eye out for Horse Solider.

    Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare are generally my everyday go-to's (I agree with everything you said about ER @abh159), but Wild Turkey 101 is great stuff for the $20-$25 price range.
    Buffalo Trace is my go to. $25 for 750 mL and it's very smooth.

    I use it for Manhattans, Sours, and Sidecars. I've tried others and then find myself saying to myself, "Why didn't I just buy more Buffalo Trace?"

    If I want something neat, I break out my single malts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElDub View Post
    Buffalo Trace is my go to. $25 for 750 mL and it's very smooth.

    I use it for Manhattans, Sours, and Sidecars. I've tried others and then find myself saying to myself, "Why didn't I just buy more Buffalo Trace?"

    If I want something neat, I break out my single malts.
    See if you can find some Buffalo Trace store picks, those are always better neat IMO.

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    Four Roses yellow label is my daily driver, you just can't beat that value. Around this time most years I'll have a bottle of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked kicking around too from Christmas, I'm a Woodford guy in general but the Double Oaked is just untouchable. Super smooth, tons of brown sugar and baking spice, really solid bourbon to enjoy on a quiet night in. It is pricey though, north of $60 most places, but I think it's worth the price.

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