I am listing these 3 because my liquor store offers them and Jim Beam, but Jim Beam is just your run of the mill Bourbon.
1. Knob Creek
2. Maker's Mark
3. Woodford Reserve
Makers Mark is one of my favourite bottles I picked up when visiting New York I need to open it, and I've not tried Knob Creek Yet . Like Quaichuser I have enjoyed buffalo trace in the past.
Another Canuck! Welcome to the forums. There are a wide variety of interests here and as such, you may tempt me to the dark side as well (into trying Woodford Reserve). The local LC manager has been tempting me with it but I've not yet succumbed to his blandishments.
Only in Sept. 2003 (post-Batch 90) did WR begin using pot-stilled bourbon in the mix, and had a heckuva time finding a balance for the very coppery/metallic-flavored bourbon against the Old Forester barrels. For quite a while, simply put, Woodford Reserve wasn't very good. Newer bottlings (Chris Morris signature) are getting better and more consistent as they've 'figured out' how to use the pot-stilled whiskey, but it's not as good as the original versions using solely OF barrels. (The only all-pot-still distillate they've bottled is the execrable Four Grain. Ignore what the whiskey critics say about it -- bourbon drinkers hate the stuff!).
Maker's Mark is pretty good, but would be better at either 3-5 years older, or $5-$7 cheaper. Like Jack Daniel's, it's very expensive young (c. 6 years) whiskey. The finish suffers from its youth.
Knob Creek's a fine bourbon, but it, too, would be more appealing if it were cheaper.
I don't buy any of them with any regularity, though I won't turn down an offered pour if I don't see anything else available.
As an aside I hate JB white label, with a passion, but despite KC's genetic links with that foul beast, I still really like it.
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