Bourbon. - Page 189
I like (in no particular order):
4 Roses Single Barrel
All under $50 a bottle and all pretty decent. IMO many of the common "high end" you see in restaurants is not so great, Basil, Bookers, Woodford. Not bad but not fantastic.
Last time I was in Houston for business we were offered Pappy 23 at a very high end place. My boss and I both agreed and he spit out the first sip and said it tasted like gasoline. I forcibly commandeered the drink and ordered him a Ketel and tonic.
When It comes to bourbon, I prefer (from the bottom to the top @750ml):
1. Four Roses Yellow Label at $28 CAD
2. Four Roses Small Batch at $40 CAD
3. 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Bourbon at $50 CAD
4. Eagle Rare 10 year at $55 CAD
5. Makers Mark 46 at $62 CAD
6. Blantons at $67 CAD
7. Booker's Straight Bourbon at $86 CAD
For Canadian Whisky
1. JP Wiser's Deluxe at $28 CAD
2. Lot No. 40 Copper Pot Reserve at $40 CAD
I have more that this, but the above is on my list to be restocked. I really like Bookers. Very intense and hot.
Four Roses Single Barrel.... I taste raspberry! Elijah Craig has a lot of barrel taste in the flavour. Not sure if you are talking W.L. Weller or not. It would be in the medium to lower price range at $36 CAD.
Woodford Reserve is another that I like, with a butterscotch taste. Buffalo Trace has heavy vanilla hit. Bookers? Vanilla, Cinnamon and this unusual warmth from the uncut liquid.
I won't bother with the Jim Beam Black again because at that price point, the Four Roses Yellow label provides a superior taste for less money, IMHO. Also, I have George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, which I find superior to JB Black.
I really like the Lot No. 40. If you can get it and like apple pie, that one is for you.
This is pretty good for the money.