My experience with bourbon has basically been limited to organized tastings, rare is the occasion where i have bought a bottle. so i started out with a bottle of Woodford Reserve, which i really liked at a tasting. all i can say is WOW!!! this is a great whiskey. i gave it a rating that would place it in my top ten on my notes.
so my question to the multitudes is what other readily available bourbons or non-scotch/irish whiskeys would you recommend??
- Buffalo Trace
- Eagle Rare Single Barrel
- Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel
- George T. Stagg, Eagle Rare 17 (parts of BT's Antique Collection), if you can find them
- Evan Williams Single Barrel (any 'vintage' -- distilling year is listed on the label)
- Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
LeNell's in Red Hook (Brooklyn, I think -- barely on Long Island, I realize) has as varied a selection of bourbons as can be found in the NYC area.
The Evan Williams 1995 Single Barrel is excellent...it's my favorite bourbon yet...
You might also like Bulleit...I've been working my way through a sample of it, and it's quite good. A bit strong for some tastes, but still quite good. I think 750ml bottles go for between $25 and $30 or so...
Weller Antique 7/107
Old Fitzgerald BIB
Old Grand-Dad 114 (red-hot spicy!)
Elijah Craig 12
I've also heard good things about the Weller Reserve and 12yo, but haven't tried either of them yet. Then, there's the William Larue Weller barrel-strength bottling (another one of the Antique Collection series), which I have - and it's superb.
Of course, all of the Antique Collection bottlings are premium whiskeys, and not cheap - but $50 for a bottle is fairly low by Scotch standards.
Elijah Craig 12
Evan Williams 7
Jim Beam Black
All three deliver tremendous value and should be enough to spark an interest in more challenging fare (though I always come back to the Reverend Elijah). I also like to pour Jim Beam Yellow to show how much fun straight rye can be.
I'm relatively new to Irish whiskey, but my friends got me started on Jameson's 12, Black Bush, and Powers.
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