Finally cracked a bottle of Old Bardstown. And I mean cracked. F'ing wax on a screw-cap. Honestly it was a messy struggle to open the bottle.
Anyway. Nice bourbon and really smooth at 101 proof. To me it is kinda like Scotch. Think this one will be savored.
Just kegged my Bourbon Porter today. I used Old Bardstown for 5 gal, and Buffalo Trace for the other 5 gal. I consider these very solid bourbons. I think both will be great.
In line with the rest of the post, for those considering budget, take a look at Rebel Yell. Around here, same price (or slightly cheaper) than Evan Williams and a whole lot better. A couple years ago I split my porter with Evan in one keg and local small batch bourbon from Tuthilltown in the other. The Evan was noticeably more raw and rough in the beer. The Tuthilltown was nice but at $40+ for a 375ml bottle I won't be trying it again (that one was a gift...)