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TJCole
07:26 PM on 04/30/2010
I got smashed with Dylan once on McKenna Sour Mash Bourbon that's the stuff and then it only came in a mason jug...
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Lex10
King O' The Web!
07:24 PM on 04/30/2010
Grandad!
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h23154
07:23 PM on 04/30/2010
Bookers would be No. 2. No doubt about Hirsh, though.
07:38 PM on 04/30/2010
Agreed. Surprised it didn't make the top 9.
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CraigR
Born okay the first time
07:12 PM on 04/30/2010
Sorry....Old Bushmills all the way..
07:56 PM on 04/30/2010
Not bourbon.
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CraigR
Born okay the first time
12:52 PM on 05/02/2010
I know...that's my point. I'll take Irish whiskey over bourbon any day.
07:06 PM on 04/30/2010
Eagle Rare 17 year old is the best bourbon I've ever tasted. For juleps maybe regular 10 year eagle rare or buffalo trace. Don't waste Four Roses or Hirsch on Mint Juleps, total waste of good bourbon.
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06:24 PM on 04/30/2010
More of a sc0tch man myself, I was given this last Christmas and can really recommend it.
http://www.thewhiskyguide.com/Taste-Notes/PeatMonster.html

Its like drinking inside a coal shed sat in a leather chair.
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Skilletlicker
04:39 PM on 04/30/2010
Pappy Van Winkle is a great sipping bourbon, if you can find it. I don't waste the good stuff on juleps. Old Forester works just fine for that. Makers is my everyday favorite.
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TJCole
05:54 PM on 05/01/2010
Makers Mark makes a great Steak Sauce too...better than their bourbon I think...
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03:11 PM on 04/30/2010
It's very hard to find a bad bourbon, there are only a few distilleries that make dozens of titles, and none use inferior ingredients. This means that you need to find out your preferences, rather than following what someone else says is tasty. That said, there are a few general guidelines:

Older is better. The longer the bourbon sits in the barrel, the more flavor it takes from the wood, adding complexity and smoothing out the notes.

Higher proof is better. As it ages bourbon loses alcohol (the angels' share) so the higher the proof, the closer it is to undiluted. Around 12 years old and 110+ proof you're at "barrel strength" and no water is added to the final product.

Other than that, taste! The author likes sweeter, rounder bourbons, but many prefer sharper bourbons with a stronger oak and tannin character. Wild Turkey 101 is a fantastic bargain bourbon, but the sharper types won't be as friendly to cocktails.

For my money, Booker's Reserve is about the best bourbon (non-ultra-speciality) on the market today. A fantastic blend of all the great characters of bourbon with incredible balance.

Oh, and I live in Louisville. ;-)
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04:50 PM on 04/30/2010
Seconded. Knob Creek is sweet, almost cloying, and I vehemently disagree with the author that it is more refined than Woodford, a subtle and nicely rounded sippin' whiskey. Regardless, the sharper, cleaner high-test bourbons like Booker's (if I'm having just 1 or 2) or WT101 (for a Wild night out) are the way to go.
03:05 PM on 04/30/2010
My preference has always been for Scotch, but bourbon offers the true whisk(e)y fan a different set of crayons with which to color -- just as white wines need to be judged differently from reds. Of course, the fact that bourbon and scotch are stronger only adds to their beauty. Scotch and soda, bourbon and branch -- there is a God, and he wants us to be happy.
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06:19 PM on 04/30/2010
Agreed, I am more of a single malt man myself, but the occasional bourbon really hits the spot.
That said I have had a few bottles of paint str!pper bourbon in my time.
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h23154
07:26 PM on 04/30/2010
Rebel Yell?
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tallky
there is a lesson in every deal
02:39 PM on 04/30/2010
REBEL YELL, Very Old Fitzgerald . . .
03:37 PM on 04/30/2010
Exactly! The Irish Catholic League families migrated from Maryland to Western Kentucky to escape harrasment after the Orange Revolution. For their ancestors, it was all about horses and whiskey, and many of the Yanks that died during the Civil War were Protestants from Baltimore.
02:18 PM on 04/30/2010
Eagle Rare is fantastic ... it can often be found for less than $30 too.
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11:29 AM on 05/01/2010
Evan Williams is a really good cheap whiskey - Around $10 a bottle, and it won't give you a hangover.
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Jeronimo Dan
02:43 PM on 05/01/2010
When talking about price, are you talking about a pint, qt. or the big bottle, myself, I buy it by the cases, as I don't like driving to the liquor store every week. No, I don't drink and drive.
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Joe Berner
02:13 PM on 04/30/2010
Too bad most people nowadays like mixed drinks, instead of tasty delicious whiskies/whiskeys, Then again, maybe people will man up and learn to drink at the big boys table.
02:19 PM on 04/30/2010
There's nothing wrong w/ a good cocktail... but I'm talking about the kind that enhance the flavor of the bourbon, not mask it. Manhattan, Old Fashioned, etc...
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06:21 PM on 04/30/2010
A good cocktail is sometimes called for, but I am s!ck of my housemates with their 'jagaerbombs' and 'jack&coke'

I drink because I enjoy the taste of a good scotch, the warmth and fullness I personally would not want to taint it with cola.
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Joe Berner
12:20 AM on 05/01/2010
I tried a Jaegerbomb, didn't think much of it(but I don't like Red Bull). I don't understand why you would buy a Jack & Coke, Jack costs too much to mix the flavour away... though to be fair I think Jack is overpriced no matter what.

My experience with scotch(e?)s is limited, but I would never mix one with anything.
01:57 PM on 04/30/2010
JW Dant, 4 yr old, 100 proof kills cancer cells in your trachea, lungs & mouth. I don't have a pic of its bottle.
04:43 PM on 04/30/2010
Thanks, doc! I'm heading out to get my prescription filled, stat.
05:31 PM on 04/30/2010
Dant is a bit less toxic than chemo-therapy.
07:58 PM on 04/30/2010
Ewwww!!!! That stuff is nasty. Definitely puts the lie to the previous poster who said there's no such thing as a bad bourbon. My high school friends from southern Indiana wash down shots of it with Mountain Dew - a local custom.
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Jeronimo Dan
02:48 PM on 05/01/2010
At least they got what they paid for?
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01:27 PM on 04/30/2010
Gawd, I love whiskey.
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bassopotamus
01:07 PM on 04/30/2010
And I thought I was the only one who thought Maker's Mark is a little off....

Too bad no Elijah Craig or Blanton's on the list.
02:32 PM on 04/30/2010
Blanton's!!
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TheArtisan
Warren 2016
08:40 PM on 04/30/2010
Yeah. Excellent Bourbon. I don't know why it didn't make the list.
11:33 AM on 05/01/2010
Yes!! I can't believe Blanton's didn't make the list?
02:50 PM on 04/30/2010
I'm an Elijah man myself!