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Best "cheap" bourbon

Unread postby parshooter » Fri Oct 29, 2004 8:11 am

What, in your opinion, is the best bourbon for under $25 ? I just had some Eagle Rare 10 SB, and it was quite tasty. What are some of your favorites in this price range?
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Unread postby bourbonv » Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:18 am

Old Fitzgerald 1849
Weller Antique
Old Forester 100 proof
Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond
Ancient Ancient Age
Old Grand Dad Bottled In Bond

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Unread postby TrueBarrel » Fri Oct 29, 2004 10:09 am

In addition to those mentioned above:

EC 12
WT Russell's Reserve
JB Black
EW Single Barrel
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Unread postby Brewer » Fri Oct 29, 2004 10:37 am

I'd add Evan Williams 7 Year Old, Rebel Yell, The Classic Old Charter, Weller 12 Year Old.
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Unread postby bunghole » Fri Oct 29, 2004 11:07 am

Virginia Gentleman 90 Proof "The Fox" :!:

Great stuff if you can find it.

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Re: Best "cheap" bourbon

Unread postby Oregone » Fri Oct 29, 2004 1:17 pm

parshooter wrote:What, in your opinion, is the best bourbon for under $25 ? I just had some Eagle Rare 10 SB, and it was quite tasty. What are some of your favorites in this price range?


Regular Eagle Rare is, IMO, the greatest bargain in bourbon.
AAA 10 y.o. (three bottles waiting in the mailroom!)
Four Roses (if you can find it)
Old Granddad 100
Wild Turkey 101
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve
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Unread postby cowdery » Fri Oct 29, 2004 1:20 pm

Very Old Barton BIB.
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Unread postby Oregone » Fri Oct 29, 2004 1:35 pm

cowdery wrote:Very Old Barton BIB.


Binny's doesn't seem to stock it, which means I can't get it, so it can't be that good.
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Unread postby angelshare » Fri Oct 29, 2004 2:25 pm

In addition to most of those listed above, Evan Williams 1783 (ten year old); to my palate, very similar to EWSB at half the price.

As Virginians, we are also partial to the Fox, but here it just barely makes the $20 cutoff (as I recall) if it's on sale.
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Fox correction

Unread postby angelshare » Fri Oct 29, 2004 2:27 pm

Sorry - misread the price - the Fox does easily come in under $25.
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Re: Fox correction

Unread postby bunghole » Fri Oct 29, 2004 2:44 pm

angelshare wrote:Sorry - misread the price - the Fox does easily come in under $25.


Yeah, Dave I did a double take too. $25 = a bargin bourbon? There are so many good to great bourbons at the $25/bottle price point that the word bargin just doesn't seem to apply.

To me anything that's in the neighborhood of $10 a bottle that tastes good is a bargin.

Yet when you look at all the excellent bourbon offerings in the $25 range it puts multi-hundred dollar a bottle single malt Scottish whiskies to shame!

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Unread postby Brewer » Fri Oct 29, 2004 3:50 pm

angelshare wrote:In addition to most of those listed above, Evan Williams 1783 (ten year old); to my palate, very similar to EWSB at half the price.


Dave,

Thanks for including the EW 1783. I was able to try that in September for the first time, and was quite impressed. I had meant to include it when I posted earlier. :)

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Unread postby White Lightning » Fri Oct 29, 2004 4:38 pm

Elijah C. 12
Weller 12
Weller 7
Elmer T. Lee

I've lost track of the Van Winkle 10's as far as current retail pricing, in fact I wouldn't know where to find a bottle locally, but if in and around the 25.00 mark - I'd slide both of those in the list as well.
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Unread postby Mark » Fri Oct 29, 2004 6:16 pm

Pours I like for under $25 include:

  • Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve
  • Ezra Brooks Single Barrel (The old 15yo though, I have not had the new 12yo)
  • WL Weller 12yo
  • Old Forester 100
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 yo 107 proof
  • Evan Williams Single Barrel (in particular the latest 94')
  • Wathens (it was under $25 the last time I got it... Not sure anymore though)
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10yo
  • Eagle Rare 10yo 101 Proof
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Unread postby cowdery » Fri Oct 29, 2004 7:33 pm

There are those who would say that Evan Williams 1783 is the best value in American whiskey and I can't say they are wrong.
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