GaryV wrote:If I were you, I'd try to find those on your list at a bar or resturant and have a pour to see what you like before buying any of them. Personally, I'd recommend the Blanton's and EC12 and leave the rest at the store, but that's just me. You also mentioned Four Roses and Ancient Age. IMO any Four Roses and Ancient Ancient Age 10yr are keepers.
Good luck and enjoy yourself!
I am disgusted at what ALL of my local bars carry as far as bourbon. Not a single one has anything more than Jack Daniels and if they do, its only Makers Mark around here. In fact ive been trying to either locate the local bourbon social circle, or start one of my own so people of like mind can gather and drink and discuss bourbon. Its much easier if 5 guys buy a bottle and spend the evening sampling one or 2 than it is to just buy everything yourself and possibly waste a good bit on the ones you personally didnt enjoy.
As far as my list, you know I realize everybody has different taste, but i feel like you guys would absolutely know which ones are garbage and not worth wasting my time on at all and thats kind of what I am looking for. So next up I think will be a bottle of Elijah Craig, although i do like the look of the Blantons bottle, so i may spring for that one. I think ill just try the top 5 you guys suggest for starters and works my way around that.
Does anyone know of any reputable websites who sell current bottles of some of the rare items. I tried Binny's per a link in another thread and that place seemed pretty good to get what you want other than the super rares.