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    Cool Bourbon Drinkers, Weigh In!

    When I lived in New England I was a scotch drinker. Never very fussy- I actually liked the blends better than the single malts. ("Well, ya weren't much of a Scotch drinker then, were ya laddie?")

    Nope, guess not.

    Once I ended up below the line, I figured I should switch to Bourbon. (Interesting side light- Bourbon, the favored whisky of The South, must by law be distilled in Kentucky, which is north of the Mason-Dixon line. Hmmm...)

    Anyhow, like many of you I have sampled the products I can afford, and have come to some favorites. The small batch Jim Beam stuff is all good. I especially like Knob Creek, but I wouldn't turn down a Booker's. Then a few years ago I had the good fortune of trying Evan Williams, which is found quite a ways down the shelf, price-wise.

    Now, if you drink your bourbon neat, you might find EW a tad on the rough side, but if you drink it over ice, as I do, you will find that the flavor holds up well as the ice turns your drink into bourbon and water. It has a fairly deep amber color, not as deep as Jack Daniels, (a Tennessee whiskey, BTW), but noticeably richer than Jim Beam. I won't even begin to suggest that I know anything about the distillation / aging process responsible for the richness. I just know that my one toddy per night which I allow myself is quite enjoyable. (Down to the last drop, as someone used to say...)
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    Holy Crap! EW is my utility bourbon. It's priced right and on the rocks you can hardly tell it apart from Jim Beam. It's not as sweet as other bourbons as I hate sweet bourbon or whiskey.


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    Ezra Brooks is also good


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    My favorite is also Knob Creek. Wonderful sipp'n.

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    I use Evan Williams for cooking and smoking. I'm partial to Maker's Mark, especially Maker's 46. It's just a nice smooth Boulbon with a rich but not too rich flavor.
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    Kentucky Gentlemen or Esra Brooks for me. There's lots of good ones out there.
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    Wow!!! I guess I better stick to beer.
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    (Down to the last drop, as someone used to say...)
    "Good to the last drop"--(circa 1956) --Maxwell House

    The problem around here [in the hills, 17mi E of Nashville] , there is homemade stuff in most backyards.....
    Everyone is adamant about 2yr old before any tasting, yet most of it is BETTER than BIB on the shelves.
    We play music all the time, in a big pavilion, all my neighbors (and I) constructed on the front of my property
    in 2005. All the locals are welcome to use it if the clean up, and never had a problem. Sometimes there are
    hundreds of folks there....and everyone brings something, especially mason jars and food.
    Some pour from the jar and use ice, mostly the jar just gets passed, which is 'neat' ...yet not so 'neat', eh?
    Never know what you will get in the next jar........guaranteed to be excellent.

    For shelf stuff, which the folks from town bring all the time, the best inexpensive good stuff has to be Evan Williams WHITE LABEL (100 proof)
    Christmas time always sees cases of Evan Williams Egg Nog [KY straight bourbon, blended whiskey, rum, and brandy ] Best in the universe.....
    especially spiked above it's own 30 proof.

    If you want a perfect scotch though, and perfect for 'neat'.....try some Lismore [Speyside single malt ], about $20/750ml

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacemakr40 View Post
    I use Evan Williams for cooking and smoking. I'm partial to Maker's Mark, especially Maker's 46. It's just a nice smooth Boulbon with a rich but not too rich flavor.
    Bourbon soaked wood for smoking? I must try that. Thanks, Peacemakr 40, my next beef brisket and I will be the beneficiaries of your experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda View Post
    Kentucky Gentlemen or Esra Brooks for me. There's lots of good ones out there.
    I just bought some Ezra Brooks last week, and was pleasantly surprised. My go to is Jack Daniels normally.

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