Best bourbon brand today

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Best bourbon offered in today's (last 5 years) market comes from:

Barton
3
2%
Beam
6
3%
Brown Foreman
8
4%
Buffalo Trace
55
28%
Four Roses
33
17%
Heaven Hill
10
5%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers
9
5%
Van Winkle
47
24%
Wild Turkey
23
12%
Other (identify please)
1
1%
 
Total votes : 195

Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby Mike » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:58 pm

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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby Mike » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:00 pm

My vote goes to Four Roses, Van Winkle, and Wild Turkey, in that order. But, t'ain't easy to choose are it?
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby DeanSheen » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:13 pm

You can vote for more than one?

How are 3 brands "the best"?
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby independant » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:19 pm

Wild turkey, Buffalo Trace, Brown Forman in that order.
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby Mike » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:46 pm

DeanSheen wrote:You can vote for more than one?

How are 3 brands "the best"?


Cause I said so................well, OK, that is not a good reason.

The reason is that there is really no single best (opinions will vary) and by offering three choices we can arrive at a number that gives us a better idea of which comes closest to being a favorite (backhanded 'best') among the BE participates............theoretically it could be a brand that was not a first choice by anyone.
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby drinkdrankdrunk » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:34 pm

I chose Wild Turkey, Brown-Forman and Barton for cosistancy of product through the years, affordable cost for the quality you get and all around awesomeness.

We only recently got Four Roses in Texas so i have no experience with them, and Heaven Hill is too hard to keep up with with their plethera of labels and the pre-post fire debate.

I only like brands that actually distill their own for this debate. Anybody can pick a good bourbon to bottle, but the hat has to go off to the producers who do it year in and year out and can make a consistant product for decades.
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby DeanSheen » Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:12 pm

Mike wrote:
DeanSheen wrote:You can vote for more than one?

How are 3 brands "the best"?


Cause I said so................well, OK, that is not a good reason.

The reason is that there is really no single best (opinions will vary) and by offering three choices we can arrive at a number that gives us a better idea of which comes closest to being a favorite (backhanded 'best') among the BE participates............theoretically it could be a brand that was not a first choice by anyone.


Ok, then should I vote again and add 2 more selections?
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby p_elliott » Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:03 am

I chose Wild Turkey who would have guessed? Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace in that order.
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby dnsouthky » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:05 pm

I chose BT, KBD and VW in that order.

I would have picked VW first in the past but they are pricing me out of the marked for my everyday shot. Have gone to weller and think it is much the same my guess (not knowing anything like many of you seem to know) is that the VW is just a process of hand picking barrels of the Weller and rebranding it at a much higher cost. It isn't unti you get to the 20 and 23 yr old VW that there seems to be a real difference. From what I have told even that difference could or anyway may soon be gone in a year or so maybe a little longer even in the 20 and 23yr VW. That could happen even quicker if they sould start blending the BT juice in with the old to make ti last longer.
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby Bourbon Joe » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:51 pm

mozilla wrote:Isn't Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace the same vote? :scratch:


You betcha, unless you are classifying S-W juice as a stand alone "Van Winkle" product. Except for the 20 y/o that is all a moot point. Pollsters beware.
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby sailor22 » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:47 pm

VW, 4R, and KBD because with some exceptions for WT and RHF (BT) those are the brands I keep coming back to this summer.
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby Chinpo » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:35 pm

There is no distributor for Barton or KBD where I live (MA) so I don't get
these often. I imagine others have similar experiences? If so, might this
not skew the results?
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby drinkdrankdrunk » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:48 pm

So the poll was based on actual facts like statistics and awards won and not our personal opinions of our favorites? Very confusing! If these polls are based on the statistics and not opinion, I don't want to play anymore! :roll: :lol:
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby drinkdrankdrunk » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:14 pm

mozilla wrote:My opinion was....Best, stood for Best products put out on the market. KBD has very interesting products. Barton has only come out with 1792.

Now, if you are talking Best Value....Barton is the winner hands down, IMO.


Well if you ain't tried'em, how can you compare'm? My opinion is....Best, stood for BEST of which of Barton is #1 in my cabinet, as is Brown-Forman and Wild Turkey a close 2nd. I can't have an opinion on somethin' I ain't tried. It don't compute! :bounce:
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Re: Best bourbon brand today

Unread postby birdman1099 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:30 pm

i went with BT , VW and KBD. (only because of their Willett line)

next runner up would be WT
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