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TRASHDOME: 20$ BOURBON EDITION

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08 Mar 2018 23:53 - 08 Mar 2018 23:54 #265148 by Deleted


Four Roses vs Evan Williams 1873 SB vs ?

Rules:
1. If you refer to Jim Beam or Old Crow, you are disqualified.
2. One bourbon only, Vasily.

The wife and I were debating which bourbon is the best “table bourbon”. She is a Four Roses gal, and I am tempted to agree, but EW 1873 Small Batch seems better.

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08 Mar 2018 23:57 #265150 by hotseatgames
Evan Williams.

For $6 more you can get better stuff, and for $16 more shit gets real.

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09 Mar 2018 00:41 #265156 by Not Sure
The EW is a good choice, or Dickel #12 is right on the edge of $20 (depending on where you are). Dickel #12 might be disqualified as a "Tennessee Whiskey", but fucking whatever.

I'm generally willing to go up to $30 for "house bourbon", and Eagle Rare is the best I've found in that price point. Punches up with the $50 bottles.
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09 Mar 2018 01:01 #265157 by Gary Sax
I don't do a ton of bourbon. I like Buffalo Trace and Elijah Craig, though it know those are above this price range iirc

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09 Mar 2018 01:11 - 09 Mar 2018 01:15 #265161 by ubarose
I'm not sure what you mean by "table bourbon." Four Roses is more accessible for people who aren't big bourbon drinkers - it's smooth and sweet and mixes well in most traditional sweet bourbon drinks. EW is more complicated.

For an inexpensive all purpose bourbon, I vote for Eagle Rare.
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09 Mar 2018 08:49 #265166 by Deleted
You guys are killing me!

I drink Rabbit Hole (the best I’ve ever had, including Pappy Van Winkle) for special occasions, Eagle Rare for 24$ (as a KY resident we get cheap prices) but I was shooting for something 20$ or under.

The whole premise is “what is the best bourbon (Not American, Scotch, Canadian...) for under 20$. We were discussing the merits of cheaper booze and we kind of got stuck on a 20$ price point.
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09 Mar 2018 09:06 #265175 by Da Bid Dabid
Buffalo Trace... although its really a $30. But its way better than those so it wins.

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09 Mar 2018 09:08 #265176 by hotseatgames
The problem is, I've had lots of bourbon, and only 2 or 3 have fit that price point. None of them are in my house. I'm too spoiled by the good stuff, and it was that way from the start.

I guess that's why you don't buy your 16 year old kid a Lexus.

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09 Mar 2018 09:30 #265179 by Deleted
I’ve had around 160 bourbons at this point and maybe 20 of them are in this arena, the 20-25$ mark.

I have a list going...

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09 Mar 2018 09:30 #265180 by jay718
We have G&W bourbon in the wells at two of our bars. Comes in at around $9 a liter if you buy it by the case. I'm a bit of a snoot, and wouldn't drink it on the rocks, but it's just fine for mixing or shooting. Heaven Hill runs you another buck, maybe two a liter and is far superior to to the standard Four Roses. At the risk of disqualification, I've got to say that Jim Beam is easily the best bourbon in this price range.

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09 Mar 2018 10:00 - 09 Mar 2018 10:02 #265184 by Matt Thrower
Vote: Jameson's Irish. Nothing in the whole wide whiskey world touches it in terms of value for money.

The only "cheap" Bourbon I drink is Jack Daniels. I do rather like that hint of maple. I have no idea how much it costs in the states, but over here you won't get anything remotely drinkable for the local equivalent of $16.

(Of course, JD isn't actually Bourbon, is it? It's "Tennesse Whiskey")

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09 Mar 2018 10:41 #265191 by Not Sure

SuperflyTNT wrote: You guys are killing me!

I drink Rabbit Hole (the best I’ve ever had, including Pappy Van Winkle) for special occasions, Eagle Rare for 24$ (as a KY resident we get cheap prices) but I was shooting for something 20$ or under.

The whole premise is “what is the best bourbon (Not American, Scotch, Canadian...) for under 20$. We were discussing the merits of cheaper booze and we kind of got stuck on a 20$ price point.


I think the merits of cheaper booze are summed up as:

  • It's cheaper
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    09 Mar 2018 12:28 #265197 by Deleted
    The merits of cheap booze is that you can have open bar at your parties without killing your wallet.

    I had forgotten about HH, Jay. That is a good choice.

    Jim Beam...fuck those guys. They sold out to the Japanese. That’s like selling Apple Pie to the Japanese. ;)
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    09 Mar 2018 12:29 #265198 by Deleted

    MattDP wrote: Vote: Jameson's Irish. Nothing in the whole wide whiskey world touches it in terms of value for money.

    The only "cheap" Bourbon I drink is Jack Daniels. I do rather like that hint of maple. I have no idea how much it costs in the states, but over here you won't get anything remotely drinkable for the local equivalent of $16.

    (Of course, JD isn't actually Bourbon, is it? It's "Tennesse Whiskey")


    If you want to expand this, yeah, Jameson is the best affordable whiskey, IMHO. I also like American whiskeys like Bernhards but this new Midnight Moon is damned fine for 25$

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