drivingincarswithpocketsquares asked: Favorite bourbons under, let's say, $50?
Rowan’s Creek by a mile. After all, it is the only expensive bourbon I have to have in my arsenal.
Aside from that there are a few other options that I have enjoyed recently:
Angel’s Envy - The family-inspired creation of (recently deceased) Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson (of Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack fame) is quite nice. It’s finished in port casks, so there is a discernible level of complexity and an underlying sweetness that I really enjoy.
Corner Creek - If you’re a scotch drinker by habit, Corner Creek is a great way to begin your voyage into good bourbon. It’s a small batch and limited release, so it can be somewhat hard to find, but is worth the effort. The story behind the bottle is also a conversation starter: Corner Creek was the creation of a vineyard owner whose wife hated him drinking bourbon, so he and his distillery buddies came together to create a higher-proof bourbon, that allowed for it to be enjoyed in smaller amounts. Furthermore, they bottled the stuff in old wine bottles, allowing the vintner to hide his bottles from the wife in plain sight. If the taste doesn’t rouse conversation, that old story is always a party-favorite.
Noah’s Mill - One of Willet’s many great offerings, Noah’s Mill is a solid high-proof bourbon that isn’t too in-your-face. I find it’s a lot smoother than most 110+ proof bourbons. The high flavor and kick makes it a natural pairing for a Claro or Colorado Claro cigar.
Aside from those I’ve also tried and enjoyed Hudson Four Grain, Old Grand Dad, Michter’s #1 Small Batch, and Black Maple Hill (a bit pricier than $50, but worth it).
Bourbon, as with everything else, really depends on what you like. If you’re new to the bourbon game, I suggest you begin trying a new one each time you’re out to dinner and keep notes (or remember if you’re only having the one) about what you liked and disliked. You’ll soon find that your pallet is more sensitive to certain underlying characteristics (for better or worse) and then, from there, you can go to a trusted liquor store and have someone pick out a few that will likely match your fancy.
That Angel’s envy sounds fantastic! However, for plain bourbon, its Woodford.
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