El General wrote:The high levels of Pappy's and Rip Van Winkle's are the finest bourbons made. That said, the family bourbon is WL Weller.
Damn, I recall cussing at you at one point El Colonel. hat in my hand. You just described my cabinet. WL Weller, Antique Weller, RVW 10, PVW...all good stuff. There's some of the good doctors brand for the coke mixing guests that show up.
The knob creek question, not real likely it can be bested for the $, JB Black is close, spend $5 more and you can get the bottom end of Rip Van Winkle 10 yr old, and it's probably worth the extra cash.
Not much on Makers, Bulleit, or Woodford, won't turn em down, just don't go asking for em...heartburn and headache.
used to be quality in a bottle of WT 101, back when it was 8 yrs old Old #8 recipe, they screwed that up purty good. Jimmy's reserve is too expensive for what it is and he won't admit that he used to package good aged bourbon, screw him...
they quit aging Evan Williams too, screwed it up good...
They decided to increase the cost of Old Charter 10, then dropped the 12 (which sucked) and used the barrels for 10, now they are running out, they screwed it up pretty well...(not from their view I am sure, they make more money)
But Weller remains.
Bookers at $40 bucks is a steal MattB, bet browndog is buying it all up, they need that kinda price for the ice storm crews. Jefferson is a decent taste on occasion, don't they make two, regular and reserve? I think I enjoyed the reserve..
send that TN white label George north to Ky, I'll drink it, keep the black label...
To qoute Fred Noe who was quoting his dad at a dinner one night..."Hell I don't care what people mix my bourbon with, if someone wants a Booker's and Coke, it proves they want the best damn bourbon and coke possible" spoken like a business man. Booker was a neat person, never met a stranger, he 'gave' Fred the Knob Creek label during a trip. Fred would always order a Knob Creek when they were promoting their bourbons. Booker asked him why one evening when they were back at the hotel (in Alaska if memory serves right). Fred told him he just liked it. So Booker said "then it's your bourbon now". Fred proceeded to promote the heck out of it and surpass sales of the others in the beam small batch collection. If you walked into Booker's kitchen he'd offer you a country ham sandwhich (served on homemade bread) and yell for his wife to get a bottle out. She'd bring a bottle of Booker's out. He'd open it and throw away the cork. Didn't matter if there were only a couple of you there, you were draining the bottle.
If you must(because you're a metrosexual) make a manhattan, try Basil Haydn if you can't find the Old Overholt, there's enough rye in it.