I live in the middle of bourbon country but I am not a bourbon fan but a bud who is likes a cheapie brand called Benchmark. It tastes like a locally distilled product Ancient Age but with less of a bite. If you are buying this is a gift another local product is Woodford Reserve. It is nicely packaged but I don't know if I would call it "reasonably priced."
Rickochet I live in the middle of bourbon country but I am not a bourbon fan but a bud who is likes a cheapie brand called Benchmark.
My favorite bourbon also. I was first introduced to it in 1775. I was managing a small municipal liquor store and attended a liquor convention in Minneapolis. It was held a a large hotel and various liquor companies and distributors had hospitality rooms where you could drink their offerings. Seagram's had a room and they were offering Seagram's 7 and Benchmark. I wasn't a fan of Seagram's 7 so I tried Benchmark and water. I became a fan but haven't had and of it for many years now. I drink very little "hard stuff" any more and Benchmark is very hard to find in my part of Minnesota. I've kind of switched to Jim Beam if I drink the hard stuff. You can find that anywhere.
Not a bourbon expert, but I haven't really cared too much for many "inexpensive" ones. Four Roses Small Batch is my favorite for pricey but "reasonable". I liked Angels Envy a lot too, but hard to find sometimes. I've heard the Costco Kirkland stuff is really good, but haven't tried it yet.
Been 20 years since I was a drinker, but Evan Williams used to fill that bill for me. Used to also enjoy George Dickel, but they call their product Tennessee Whiskey and not bourbon.
johnnydoom they call their product Tennessee Whiskey and not bourbon
I honestly don't know the difference. They both make me gag.🤢
Ezra Brooks is CHEAP and tastes better than it should at that price. Another is Evan Williams bottled in bond (white label). Both of these are decent very inexpensive bourbons.
All sorts of disclaimers here... Prices vary by state/county. Taste is subjective. Reasonably priced means different things to different people.
But just looking at the Total Wine under $30 list - here is what I would consider (having tasted about 30% of the list and only including ones I know were good - to me):
Evan Williams Bottled in Bond
Bulleit Rye is my reasonable priced go-to
Thanks to all who responded. Gives me some guidance when I hit binnys.
Having a group of us old codgers at my place to watch high school/college football and also to shoot the sh*t.
While we're on the subject of whisky, my wife had some Laphroaig Triple Wood that she liked. I was going to buy her a bottle for Christmas but it seems it's been discontinued. Any suggestions for something similar?
mulegolf I've kind of switched to Jim Beam if I drink the hard stuff. You can find that anywhere.
I live about 1/2 mile from the Jim Beam distillery (formerly Old Grandad). I can really get the aroma of the mash when the wind is out of the east. Buffalo Trace is close also to the south.
" I was first introduced to it in 1775."
Wow - you must be the oldest Golf Buzzer in the world. 😁
mulegolf My favorite bourbon also. I was first introduced to it in 1775.
I'm drinkin' what he's drinkin'...
mulegolf My favorite bourbon also. I was first introduced to it in 1775. I was managing a small municipal liquor store and attended a liquor convention in Minneapolis.
I guess the revolution hadn't reached that far West yet.
Now there's a name I heard of. Is Jim Beam Black a good bourbon to sip or on the rocks?
propman The only Jim Bean I remember having is devil's cut and that was mediocre at best.
propman Beam is pretty mediocre. Dollar for dollar, Elijah Craig is my cheapie go to. They could charge double in a fancier bottle and the reviews would claim it was worth double that. I used to go for Bulliet, but it’s gone up in price and down in tasty, so that’s it for me.
I can drink Jim Beam Red Stag, black cherry, hard to put down the bottle. It's gooood. That's why I quit buying it.
Callmeal introduced me to Very Old Barton last September. Very inexpensive and surprisingly tasty.
My Favorite is OPB (Other Peoples Bourbon).
Very Old Barton is excellent for the price. The BIB is even better for a couple bucks more.
If you have a Costco and get lucky, these are a Great Value!