I appreciate your great suggestions. I agree that EW White is a great value and a whiskey I like a lot; likewise for EW 1783. Those didn't get in to the taste-off as they come in (here in Oregon) a little above my $14 price limit. I know my "rules" are by definition arbitrary, but I imposed them mostly just to put a practical limit on size of the universe to be sampled. You gotta draw the line somewhere, and I chose $14 for several practical reasons. But I agree that it certainly can make sense to bump up the budget a couple of bucks; in the case of EW White and EW 1783, you get quite a bit of return on that small investment. Alas, VOB is not generally unavailable here in Oregon, so that's a non-option for me.Thanks for the excellent write-up! I've been on a bourbon kick lately, and I'm lucky enough that a local near me has a great selection. I've tried most of the ones you've written about, and the only thing I have to recommend should be right in your wheelhouse: Evan Williams white label, their bottled-in-bond selection. It's an excellent, versatile bourbon that is widely available and cheap (750 ml here is usually less than $14, and I got a handle for $24.50). If you can find Very Old Barton in the West, it's worth a try as well. If you want to move up a little, Evan Williams 1783 is excellent, too. Enjoy!
Specifically, JB white is $18 per 750 here in Oregon, so it's nearly 30% over my self-imposed $14 dollar price limit.I drink a lot of Beam. It's 10.99 per 750 here in SW Florida in the travel version. I was hoping it would be in the group, but I don't know what they charge locally.
Yeah, I wish I could get the VOB bonded here in Oregon, especially at your $25 per handle price. You should check out Ezra Brooks: it's often a couple of bucks less than EW black 9at least here in Oregon), and though I prefer EW overall, EB is 90 proof Heaven Hill juice at an amazing price. Well worth a spot on your shelf. Thanks for checking in.Since my last post, I've finished a bottle of Benchmark. My impressions pretty much dovetail with Spang's: Good, decent bourbon, on a level with Evan Williams Green (at the same price point) and Henry McKenna (here in VA/TN priced slightly higher) but below Evan Williams Black. I haven't tried Ezra Brooks (or Jim Beam, for that matter) since high school. I may pick that one up next. I just found out that my favorite local B&M carries Very Old Barton bottled in bond for $25/handle, so I'm at present a very happy man.
I've enjoyed this thread. At some point I may explore the pricier options on the shelf, but for now I'm perfectly happy at the lower depths.