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Title: favorite bourbons
Post by: loopy on November 13, 2009, 04:58:00 PM
I'm a part time bourbon drinker, and have my personal favorites.  Curious what others have tried and liked.

I would tend to say my favorite is knobcreek, great bite, good aroma, clean.
I also love Baysil Hayden, very smooth, almost too smooth but incredibly drinkable. 
Also have to say that makers mark is the best bourbon for the money out there, easy drinker. 

I tend to place the other "high brow bourbons" in the same category - 1792, bookers, woodfordreserve, and the like.

I am not a fan of eagle rare, nor buffalo trace.  I do drink Jack and Jim and the like on occasion when someone else has it, but usually don't tend to buy them myself. 

Any other bourbon drinkers?  Any must tries that I may have overlooked?
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: valorian on November 13, 2009, 05:31:06 PM
You can't go wrong with Makers Mark.

Anyone try Red Stag yet? It's made my Jim Beam. A cherry infused bourbon. Add a little ice and you have a Manhattan.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: bluesman on November 13, 2009, 05:34:13 PM
I just bought a bottle of Booker's Single Barrel that is my new favorite.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: homebrewgamecock on November 13, 2009, 06:02:53 PM
I like Maker's Mark and Knob Creek.

I drank lots of Jim Beam in college (South Carolina).  Haven't really tried any new ones lately, but there is lots out there to try!
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: tomthebrewer on November 13, 2009, 06:20:14 PM
Jim is the daily drinker in my house. Otherwise, I like 1792, Woodford, and Knob Creek. The newest one I've had was called Bulleit (sp). Not bad stuff. Price range was around the same as Woodford. I've yet to try Basil Hayden's. I always see it, but just haven't made myself get any yet.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: ndcube on November 13, 2009, 06:54:05 PM
I usually get Heaven Hill.  Maybe a bottle of Eagle Rare for Christmas.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: a10t2 on November 13, 2009, 07:05:33 PM
If you like Basil Hayden's give Elijah Craig 12 a try. I think it's the best value out there. They have an 18 as well, which is good but not worth the premium (IIRC it's almost double). Heaven Hill is my other favorite.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: loopy on November 13, 2009, 07:17:18 PM
You can't go wrong with Makers Mark.

Anyone try Red Stag yet? It's made my Jim Beam. A cherry infused bourbon. Add a little ice and you have a Manhattan.

I like manhattans but you forgot the vermuth and bitters
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: SwashBuckling Drunk on November 13, 2009, 07:28:15 PM
I loves me some Knob Creek.

For lower $$ stuff, I go with Early Times.  Pretty cheap and tastes decent to me
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: brewboy on November 13, 2009, 07:32:45 PM
JD black label, but that's a whiskey.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: valorian on November 13, 2009, 07:39:55 PM
You can't go wrong with Makers Mark.

Anyone try Red Stag yet? It's made my Jim Beam. A cherry infused bourbon. Add a little ice and you have a Manhattan.

I like manhattans but you forgot the vermuth and bitters

I was out of vermuth one day but I had some Red Stag. I added ice and it worked till I could get to the store.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: mybeerpants on November 13, 2009, 11:27:30 PM
If you can find it, Corner Creek is well worth a look. It's the one that looks like a wine bottle.

http://www.cornercreekbourbon.com/ (http://www.cornercreekbourbon.com/)
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: tesla_hv on November 14, 2009, 12:57:47 AM
Woodford Reserve
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: beerocd on November 14, 2009, 01:17:14 AM
OK, got a question for the bourbon drinkers then. In the current issue of Men's Health they claim Old Gand-Dad came out on top in a blind taste test. Looks like this stuff is $18 for a 1.75l. Anyone tried this stuff?

BTW: Smirnoff came out on top for Vodka - definitely wrong on that one IMO.

-OCD
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: valorian on November 14, 2009, 01:38:00 AM
I can't say i've ever tried that bourbon.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: tubercle on November 14, 2009, 02:12:11 AM
OK, got a question for the bourbon drinkers then. In the current issue of Men's Health they claim Old Gand-Dad came out on top in a blind taste test. Looks like this stuff is $18 for a 1.75l. Anyone tried this stuff?

BTW: Smirnoff came out on top for Vodka - definitely wrong on that one IMO.

-OCD

 Old Grand Dad is fine sipping on the rocks.

 I prefer Elijah Craig though.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: babalu87 on November 14, 2009, 03:29:27 AM
Old Grand Dad is fine sipping on the rocks.

I'll second that
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: bluesman on November 14, 2009, 04:57:08 AM
JD black label, but that's a whiskey.

You hit my weak spot... :)
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: akr71 on November 15, 2009, 03:40:23 AM
JD black label, but that's a whiskey.

Now yer talkin'  Not a huge JD fan, but very much a whisky/whiskey and scotch fan.  Drank all kinds of rye when I was younger, but find it too sweet nowdays.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: tom on November 15, 2009, 05:42:15 AM
I like bourbon, but I really prefer Rye whiskey.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: nicneufeld on November 15, 2009, 01:34:10 PM
I like rather a lot of the ones mentioned above, and have not really latched onto a "favorite".  My standards are lower with bourbon for some reason.  A $10 fifth of bourbon can be pleasant to me, whereas a lot of other spirits its just abhorrent (cheap blended scotch?  good god!).
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: brewboy on November 15, 2009, 02:52:21 PM
That's the way I feel about vodka. I buy the stuff on the bottom shelf.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 15, 2009, 04:59:33 PM
I'm not a huge bourbon drinker, but when I drink it, I like Maker's Mark.  On a side note, I saw a show on the History Channel last night profiling a recent micro-distillery start-up in Colorado that makes a product called Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.  The micro-distillery was actually started by one of the co-founders of Flying Dog.  It sounds like they've made a decent splash in the world of high-end liquor.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: gail on November 15, 2009, 05:51:55 PM
I'm not a huge bourbon drinker, but when I drink it, I like Maker's Mark.  On a side note, I saw a show on the History Channel last night profiling a recent micro-distillery start-up in Colorado that makes a product called Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.  The micro-distillery was actually started by one of the co-founders of Flying Dog.  It sounds like they've made a decent splash in the world of high-end liquor.
During the 2007 AHA Conference in Denver, I had the opportunity to tour the brewery and distillery during a "walking" tour of breweries in the downtown area.  As I recall, Flying Dog actually piped the wort next door to Stranahan's for fermentation and distilling.  It was a very neat arrangement, bringing the two production facilities together like that.  I say "as I recall" because at that point in the tour, my memory starts to get a touch hazy  ;)
The whiskey was pretty tasty.
Gail
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 15, 2009, 07:28:56 PM
That's cool that you got to take a tour, Gail!  Yes, I believe Stranahan said they utilize one of Flying Dog's fermenters and then pipe it over to the distillery.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: tom on November 15, 2009, 09:18:50 PM
Oh yeah, Colorado Whiskey!
Unfortunately Flying Dog abandoned Stranahan's and us and moved to Maryland.
Stranahan's got wort from ?Oskar Blues new brewery for a while.
And Stranahan's just moved into the old Heavenly Daze Brewery on Alameda and Kalamath a few blocks south of the Breckenridge Brewery.
There are a couple of other microdistilleries starting up around here too.
Hmm, I think I see another idea for a bike pubcrawl.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: gail on November 16, 2009, 12:12:21 AM
You're a lucky guy, Tom, to live near/in such a wonderful city as Denver.  The opening of micro-distilleries will only add to the great selection of beverages there.  The walking brewery tour I was on almost turned into a (literal) pub CRAWL for some folks due to the fantastic selection of brews.  Luckily, I was only hazy...but glad we were not on bikes! ;D
Sad to hear about Stranahans getting stranded by Flying Dog--it was a great set up. 
Thanks for the update,
Gail
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: tom on November 16, 2009, 04:22:30 AM
The altitude and bikes (you get to sit down!) adds a certain something.
I have to thank the US Army (and your tax dollars) for sending me here for 4 years of hard duty!
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: majorvices on November 16, 2009, 01:35:38 PM
I love Bourbon and will drink anything from Jim Beam White to Bookers to Old Fitzgerald Family Reserve. I really love Booker's and Woodford Reserve and Wild Turkey Rare Breed but I think that the two best bourbons for the buy are Maker's Mark and Evan Williams Single Barrel. I give high marks for Buffalo Trace, too. I love those expensive bourbons but I just simply can't afford them for regular sipping (and I tend to sip rather regularly.)
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: nicneufeld on November 16, 2009, 01:46:12 PM
I give high marks for Buffalo Trace, too.

Yep, that's a good one.  Lest I give the wrong impression from my post, I'm not implying a great bourbon goes unappreciated by me, just that I'm surprised with the quality of some of the cheaper ones on occasion, which can be quite pleasant, albeit not quite as rich as an older well-blended high end bourbon.  Still want to snag a bottle of Bookers some time.  $$$
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: thirsty on November 25, 2009, 03:27:55 PM
I just mentioned this in another thread, but cheap bourbon is frequently just as good or better than the expensive stuff. Here's a list of some.

Old Fitzgerald
Cabin Still
Rebel Yell
Ancient Age
Old Grandad
Old Crow
Old Forester
George Dickel 8

I use Heaven Hill as my standard house bourbon.

Slightly more expensive but still a great value (depends on the store)

 Elija Craig 12 year old
 Fighting Cock
 George Dickel#12
 Knob Creek 9 year
 Elmer T. Lee
 Old Whiskey River
 Old Weller Old Antique
 Virginia Gentleman
 Buffalo Trace
 Eagle Rare 10 year old

Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: pashusa on November 26, 2009, 01:52:10 AM
I like Jim Beam as a rule. Have drank a barrel or two in my day. If I'm in "a mood", I will prefer the Kickin' Chicken (Wild Turkey). I apreciate Knob Creek as a gift.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: loopy on November 26, 2009, 02:21:59 AM
Anyone try Red Stag yet? It's made my Jim Beam. A cherry infused bourbon. Add a little ice and you have a Manhattan.

Thanks for the headsup on this one valorian.  I had to look at the liquor store, it wasnt with the bourbons but was on an endcap in a display.  really good substitute for a manhattan as you said, I then tried making my regular version using this as a bourbon.  I think it is better standalone with ice just as you said.  Thanks again, nice find. 
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: captain_sousie on November 26, 2009, 05:26:54 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned rip van winkle yet. If I'm not mistaken that is a bourbon and in my mind it's one of the best.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: jds on November 27, 2009, 03:42:14 PM
I do love a good bourbon, and like several others have said, with Bourbon, price does not equal quality.

At the low end, I like Ancient Age and Evan Williams black label. Both are a good value, go nicely with a couple of ice cubes and a splash of water, and don't make you cringe if guests mix it with Coke.

The midrange stuff I like includes Ancient Ancient Age (yes, two ancients), Jim Beam, and Wild Turkey 101.

Of the pricey stuff, I like Buffalo Trace, George T. Stagg, Blanton's, Bulleit, and Stranahan's.

Strangely, I find Woodford Reserve to be overpriced. It's not that it's bad bourbon, I just don't find it to be worth what the local liquor stores or restaurants charge for it.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: majorvices on November 29, 2009, 02:30:43 AM
Woodford Reserve has gone down in quality since it was released. It is still a great bourbon but honestly I don't think it is much better than Maker's Mark now. When it first became popular it was fantastic. I think I first tried it in 1996 and I was blown away by how fantastic it was. It doesn't really even remind me of the same bourbon now.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: weazletoe on November 29, 2009, 05:35:54 AM
No one has mentioned Dan Tucker yet.


And I hope no one does.  :-\
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: chauncey on November 29, 2009, 06:01:33 PM
I just recently discovered Elijah Craig and was shocked to find that it could be so head and shoulders above anything else I have ever had. I sip my bourbon at room temperature, so that may be a factor. But, its my current personal favorite bourbon.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: majorvices on November 30, 2009, 01:48:34 AM
I like EC but I would hesitate it to call it "head and shoulder's" above anything you have ever had. Unless you just haven't had much.  :P
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: chauncey on November 30, 2009, 03:04:05 AM
I like EC but I would hesitate it to call it "head and shoulder's" above anything you have ever had. Unless you just haven't had much.  :P
I should have qualified that as "for me".  I actually have tasted a lot of bourbons, but -- for me -- there is something hugely special about EC. I'm no expert, and can't quantify difference in terms of ingredients, or process, but there is no denying my personal preference for it, even in many side-by-side comparisons with other top-of-the-line bourbons. Maybe it just sparks up a reaction in my genes, my grandfather (the real Chauncey) having hailed from the heart of bourbon country. There are a lot of fine products out there, and one of the joys of bourbon is sampling all the variations. I definitely encourage everyone to diligently pursue their own personal favorite. It's a hell of a ride.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: majorvices on November 30, 2009, 12:12:06 PM
I like it and buy it sometimes and it is a decent bourbon, especially for the price.
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: bluesman on November 30, 2009, 05:24:58 PM
Too many bourbons...too little money. 8)
Title: Re: favorite bourbons
Post by: loopy on November 30, 2009, 11:56:47 PM
I just recently discovered Elijah Craig and was shocked to find that it could be so head and shoulders above anything else I have ever had. I sip my bourbon at room temperature, so that may be a factor. But, its my current personal favorite bourbon.

I guess I am going to try this one again.  I have had it before but did not personally find much about it compelling as a must have.  It was not bad, but there are plenty of highbrow bourbons these days and I just found elijahcraig to be so-so.  I did try eagle rare on somones reco from the NB board and found it not anywhere as good as others may have.  Honestly, I placed it in the old crow / granddad bourbon from the bottom shelf.  burns hot and watery - sureley much is personal taste, and perhaps mood and taste buds of the week during consumption.  I continue to have my favorites, never had a knobcreek I didnt like for sure. 

Maybe I need to forget everything I *think* I know about bourbon and try to rediscover the entire lineup again. 

tough job, but I guess it's the only way to be sure.