very old Barton is rot gut though. Shocked you find it acceptable. But just goes to show you different strokes....
Haven't bought it in a couple years. Better than Evan Williams for sure, but like I said it needed some water. We're talking $12 fifths and at that price point I thought it was among the better ones I tried. And I tried a whole bunch. I guess it's kind of like arguing about who is the tallest midget. I don't recommend any of the Heaven Hill bottles, BTW.
Have you had any of the Weller? I'd be interested in your take. My recollection is the Special Reserve was pretty good. I had a bottle of the Antique and found it a little rough. In the same vein as the VOB. Needed some water. A bit harsh. And of course I bought the 1.75L.
I'd like to try the Ancient Ancient Age, which is supposed to be outstanding. But apparently you can only get it in Louisville or some deal like that.
I don't mean to knock Maker's. I've had plenty and may pick up a bottle with the holiday packaging and two free glasses. But it's just sort of middle of the road. I think there's better for the price point. But you can also go the other way and spend a lot on a mediocre whiskey, so Maker's is a solid and safe bet.